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BlackBerry looking for 3,000 recruits

AFP AND BLOOMBERG , BARCELONA

The maker of BlackBerry phone handsets, Canada’s Research In Motion (RIM), said yesterday it was recruiting 3,000 new workers to keep pace with demand despite the global economic crisis.

“We have grown our employees base by 50 percent in 2008. And we’re still hiring and we plan to keep hiring. We have growth in our business,” co-chief executive Jim Balsillie said yesterday.

“We hired about 4,000 people in 2008, currently we have 3,000 open jobs. We’re still hiring a lot,” he said.

The optimism at Research in Motion contrasts with other makers of handsets such as Nokia, the world’s biggest, which announced 1,200 job cuts late last year.

Japanese-Swedish group Sony-Ericsson has said it plans to slash 2,000 positions.

RIM reported a 66 percent rise in sales in the September-November period of last year compared with the equivalent period of 2007.

“We’re still seing a wonderful momentum in BlackBerry. We shipped our 50 millionth BlackBerry” two weeks ago, Balsillie said.

Separately, Lenovo Group Ltd (聯想), China’s biggest personal-computer maker, said it will add functions to allow laptop users to track e-mails sent to their BlackBerry mobile devices.

Lenovo, maker of Thinkpad laptops, will offer computers with the new features in the US in the second quarter, a statement jointly issued with RIM yesterday said.

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