Ford adds 2,220 jobs in technology, manufacturing

The U.S. automotive industry has had a rocky last five years, to say the least. The Great Recession of 2008 put a big dent in production and forced many companies, even high profilers like General Motors and Chrysler to accept government bailouts.

However, as the economy begins to regain form, the automotive industry is following suit and expanding operations, which means more jobs are on the way. This is particularly true for Ford, which recently announced it will add 2,200 white-collar jobs, underscoring the value manufacturing recruiters and technology recruiters can provide to growing automotive businesses.

Biggest white-collar hiring surge in a decade
Ford’s employment initiative represents the largest increase of white-collar hiring the automotive industry has seen in 10 years. The company will create new jobs in product development, manufacturing and information technology, among other fields. All new positions are full-time with benefits.

The exact location of the new jobs was not announced, but "a significant number will be in southeast Michigan," spokesman Todd Nissen said.

Ford had previously stated intentions to create 2,350 hourly jobs and invest $773 million in six southeast Michigan plants by 2015, according to Detroit Free Press.

The more recent announcement builds off the 8,100 combined U.S. hourly and salaried jobs Ford added during 2012, as the company said it increased production and expanded engineering and manufacturing capabilities to meet greater demand for fuel-efficient and high-tech cars.

"As we expand our product lineup of fuel-efficient vehicles, we need more people in critical areas – such as in a range of engineering activities, vehicle production, computer software and other IT functions," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president for North and South America.

More new car sales means more jobs
Adding 2,220 more positions puts Ford on pace to deliver the 12,000 U.S. automotive jobs it said it would under a 2011 contract with the United Auto Workers, a goal Ford said it is now more than halfway toward accomplishing.

The increase in employment may be tied to improved consumer spending on cars during 2012. Ford's U.S. sales rose 4.7 percent last year and overall new car sales in the country rose by 13.4 percent in 2012.

With the increased demand for cars, automotive businesses are expanding operations and need new employees. Using manufacturing recruiters to help identify and hire top talent will help businesses bring the U.S. auto industry back to prominence.