A Detroit-based automaker is looking to hire thousands of new workers to help get its information technology (IT) up to speed.

The Associated Press reports that General Motors is looking to hire as many as 10,000 workers in the IT department to develop new software to include in the design its vehicles.  According to some tech experts, there is a growing trend for companies like GM  to begin designing their own technology instead of signing contracts with third-party firms.

"The companies that build the software themselves in general are going to have an advantage," says David Kirkpatrick, a noted technology author, in an interview with the AP. "If you outsource the development of software in particular to others, you can risk … your own ability to compete in the future."

There have been several recent signs that the auto industry is looking to expand staffs in the near future. For example, a survey from KPMG revealed that 72 percent of auto industry executives asked had plans to hire more workers during the year ahead.

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