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RIM Looking to Hire Thousands of New Staff in 2009

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BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) is reported to be bucking the general economic trend and is seeking to hire several thousand new employees this year scooping up available talent as people are laid off at other firms.

A report in Canada East said that the company is looking to hire around 3,000 extra personnel during 2009, to bring its total to around 15,000 staff. The company added about 4,000 extra staff last year. Fellow Canadian telecoms firm, Nortel Networks is cutting some 3,200 additional jobs as it tries to exit bankruptcy protection.

'This is the easiest time to say 'I have to be very careful and wind down my investments,"' he said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press, adding but "this is the exact time to invest - if you can - because not only is there opportunity, but there are lots of resources out there."

According to a recent report from Gartner, RIM saw its market share jump by nearly 20% in Q4 '08 to reach 10.9% - largely at the expense of Nokia. Its growth rate in the 4th quarter was even faster than Apple with its iconic iPhones.

On the web: Canada East

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