Guardian: At a conference in Germany, outgoing Google CEO Eric Schmidt announced that the company plans to hire 1,000 more workers for its European operations. About half of that total would be technical staff and half would be sales staff. "We had a very, very good year and a very strong quarter," said Schmidt. "We looked at this year and in particular our prospects for growth in Europe, and our businesses globally are doing well, both our core business as well as our adjacent businesses, our 'hockey stick' businesses as we call them. It's all very, very good. We are going to invest in Europe."
The company currently employs about 5,000 workers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.