Toyota Motor has said it plans to recruit 1,200 people for the 2010 business year starting in April, but will not hire clerical staff due to uncertain economic conditions.
Hiring is down 12% from fiscal 2009 when Toyota recruited 1,376 people including clerical staff, Kyodo News said, and is comparable with the level seen in fiscal 1994 after the collapse of the bubble economy, although conditions differ slightly each year depending on recruitment of mid-career employees.
Toyota plans to stem personnel costs in the face of declining sales amid massive global recalls of its vehicles.
For the next fiscal year, it is planning to hire a total of 460 administrative and engineering staff, falling below the 516 people recruited in fiscal 2009.
The company expects to hire 500 technical personnel, about the same as in fiscal 2009. It will recruit 240 people to enroll at a Toyota training academy for technical skills, topping the 213 people enrolled in fiscal 2009.
It will be the second consecutive year for Toyota to cut recruitment.
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Rival Honda Motor also plans to reduce the recruitment of new graduates for spring 2011 by about 30%.