Red Hat, one of the biggest commercial Linus vending companies, plans to hire at least 1,000 new workers this year  in a move that would increase the size of its workforce by 24 percent. The news came as many companies said they were having trouble finding qualified workers with knowledge of the cloud.

Jim Whitehurst, chief executive officer of Red Hat, told Investor's Business Daily the emergence of cloud computing is one of the biggest reasons the company will need to increase its staff in 2012.

"The big trend is really a paradigm shift in the way technology will be delivered and deployed. We are now finding that small devices are more effective, and that is why you see this thing called the cloud," Whitehurst noted.

The additional hires come on top of the 250 new workers Red Hat added during the third quarter of 2011.

Meanwhile, the number of online job postings for IT professionals with development and cloud computing skills continue to rise in the U.S.

Network World reports the number of available cloud-related jobs is up approximately 12 percent over the same time last year. Research firm IDC said worldwide IT spending will grow 6.9 percent this year to $1.8 billion.

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