VW to Create 40,000 Jobs by 2018


Germany's Volkswagen, Europe's biggest automaker, plans to boost its workforce from 250,000 to 290,000 by 2018, with most of the new jobs to be created in China, the German auto weekly Woche reported Sunday.

Citing internal and confidential documents, the weekly said that "the number of VW employees will rise from 250,000 to 290,000 by 2018," including 35,000 new posts in China.

Most of the new jobs -- 21,000 posts -- will be created in the production sector, including 400 for managers and 5,000 for engineers.

Some 4,700 new jobs will open up in the commercial and customer service divisions.

The new posts will come on top of those to be created to replace the 60,000 VW employees due to retire by 2018, Woche said.

Last month, a report said VW was considering launching a new car brand specifically designed for the booming Chinese market.

"The Chinese government has been promoting Chinese brands for some time now. In this context, joint ventures with foreign companies -- such as FAW Volkswagen or SAIC Volkswagen for us -- are encouraged to make a local marque," an official with unit Volkswagen China said in a Handelsblatt report.

VW is now in talks with its Chinese partners, looking at the market for models below 8,000 euros (11,000 dollars), the report said, adding that the company's supervisory board was expected to approve the project.

VW sales in China jumped nearly 36 percent over a one-year period.

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