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Chrysler hiring 1,000 as it works on new lineup

Alisa Priddle / The Detroit News

Chrysler Group LLC needs 1,000 additional engineers and high-tech employees to work on its future product lineup.

The automaker is actively recruiting on 35 college campuses and encouraging resumes in a bid to add the professionals by April of next year.

The Auburn Hills-based automaker decimated its workforce as part of restructuring leading up to bankruptcy in 2009. The automaker emerged in June 2009, formed a partnership with Fiat SpA and began work on overhauling its needy product lineup.

Chrysler had 82,280 employees at the end of 2006, including 64,750 in the United States. By June 2009, that figure had fallen to 47,800, with 32,250 in the United States.

The automaker has hired close to 5,000 new employees, both hourly and salaried, since June 2009. Included in that figure are at least 500 engineers, many of them contract employees.

Of the 1,000 new hires going forward, about 60 percent will be on the payroll and 40 percent will on contract, said spokesman Mike Palese.

Those interested can go to Chrysler's website: www.chryslercareers.com.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20101130/AUTO01/11300411/Chrysler-hiring-1-000-as-it-works-on-new-lineup#ixzz16ob9q9M9

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Chrysler hiring 1,000 vehicle engineers


Free Press Business Writer

Chrysler is hiring 1,000 engineers for small and mid-size vehicles, as future product plans are expanded or accelerated, and it is asking employees to help recruit qualified candidates.

Available positions for 1,000 engineers and other types of positions will be posted soon on www.chrysler.com. While laid-off Chrysler workers are free to apply for available positions, those who took buyouts are not, said Chrysler spokesman Mike Palese.

The Auburn Hills automaker has added 3,875 workers worldwide between June 30, 2009, and June 9, 2010, according to data Chrysler released today.

That brings its global workforce to 51,663, or 8% larger than it was at mid-2009, but 37% smaller than where it was at the end of 2006. Chrysler lost 40,000 jobs over the five years leading to last year’s bankruptcy.

Most of the hiring – about 3,600 jobs -- in the last year came in the U.S., but the vast majority of the new positions went to what Chrysler calls “supplemental” employees. These include contract workers and their numbers more than doubled in the last year from 861 to 2,011 in the U.S., while the number of salaried U.S. workers edged up 5.6% to 10,887.

“The mix of full-time to supplemental that we’re looking for is 60%-40%,” said Palese.

Asked why Chrysler has so aggressively added supplemental rather than full-time people with full benefits, Palese said, “We will hire people and talents according to the needs of our business.”

Some people hired as supplementals have subsequently been offered full-time jobs with benefits, he said.

Hourly employment in the U.S., mostly UAW jobs in factories, rose 9% in the first year after Chrysler’s government-backed restructuring.

Earlier this year, the company hired 1,080 workers for a second shift at its Jefferson North assembly plant to produce the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango.

In February Chrysler will add about 900 workers for a second shift at its Sterling Heights assembply plant for production of the 2011 Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200.

Read more: Chrysler hiring 1,000 vehicle engineers | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20101130/BUSINESS0103/101130051/Chrysler-hiring-1-000-vehicle-engineers#ixzz16og507pS

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