Those who have the necessary technology skills may find themselves in high demand at some of the largest companies in the United States. Many firms are hoping to gain an competitive advantage by increasing staff levels in their IT departments.

The Detroit News reports that General Motors is looking to hire thousands of new IT professionals to help run its operations. As it stands now, the automaker has outside firms handle 90 percent of its IT jobs, and is hoping that creating its own in-house department will allow it to increase innovation.

In an interview with the source, GM’s vice president of information technology, Ray Mott, said that the process would take between three and five years and would likely reduce expenses as a result.

While the Detroit-based company is confident about its future hiring plans, it has struggled to maintain a positive relationship with workers overseas. The Wall Street Journal reports that approximately 7,500 workers at the company’s facility in Brazil may go on strike as a result of plans to lay off more than 1,000 employees.

Content provided by executive search organization, MRINetwork.

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