French rail giant Alstom announced on Friday that it plans to hire 7,500 people worldwide this year to meet rising demand and record orders totalling €77.8 billion at the end of last year.

The firm hopes to hire 6,000 engineers and managers as well as 1,500 workers and technicians, according to the firm that has 72,000 salaried staff around the world.

“These hires are aimed at projects involving rolling stock, signals, and services,” Alstom said in a statement. “The company doubled in size a year ago (with the purchase of the Canadian Bombardier Transport), we are present in 70 countries and our order sheet is quite big,” the group's director of human resources, Anne-Sophie Chauveau-Galas, told AFP. “So we have needs everywhere in the world to implement contracts,” she added.

We are present in 70 countries and our order sheet is quite big. So we have needs everywhere in the world to implement contracts- Anne-Sophie Chauveau-Galas, Alstom director of human resources

Alstom announced earlier this month a €1.8 billion ($2bn) deal to supply up to 200 regional trains to Norway. The framework contract with public rail company Norske Tog includes an initial firm order of 30 trains worth €380 million, Alstom said.

The firm said it seeks to recruit 3,900 people in Europe, 1,700 in the Asia-Pacific region, 1,500 in North and South America, and 400 in Africa, the Middle East and central Asia.

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