alstom: the French railway giant Alstom will employ 7,500 employees worldwide

The French rail giant announced Friday that it plans to hire 7,500 people worldwide this year to meet growing demand and record orders totaling € 77.8 billion at the end of last year.

The company hopes to hire 6,000 engineers and executives as well as 1,500 workers and technicians, according to the company which has 72,000 salaried employees worldwide.

“These hires are aimed at projects involving rolling stock, signals and services,” Alstom said in a statement.

“The company doubled in size a year ago (with the purchase of Canadian Bombardier Transport), we are present in 70 countries and our order book is quite large,” said the group’s human resources director, Anne- Sophie Chauveau-Galas AFP.

“So we need to implement contracts around the world,” he added.

Alstom announced a € 1.8 billion ($ 2 billion) agreement earlier this month to supply up to 200 regional trains to Norway.

The framework contract with the public railway company Norske Tog includes an initial firm order for 30 trains worth 380 million euros, Alstom said.

The company said it plans to recruit 3,900 people in Europe, 1,700 in the Asia Pacific region, 1,500 in North and South America, and 400 in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

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