Mitsubishi Motors will hire around 650 seasonal (temporary) workers at two domestic plants later this year following progress in production adjustments to address sluggish auto sales, company officials said.

Mitsubishi has apparently decided to add workers because domestic vehicle sales have bottomed out thanks in part to government subsidies and tax breaks for environmentally friendly vehicles, industry watchers told Kyodo News.

The automaker will hire around 350 seasonal workers at its plant in Okazaki, Aichi prefecture, in September and an additional 300 at another plant in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, in November, the officials told the news agency.

As the dispatch of workers to manufacturers by staffing companies has become an issue of concern since last autumn, Mitsubishi will directly recruit seasonal workers, the officials said, adding it will add them to its regular (permanent) payroll if they wish.