Google has announced that it would double its workforce in Brazil by the end of this year, as the search engine giant wants to give a ‘Brazilian look’ to its technology products widely used in the South American country.
The proposed hiring will strengthen the company’s engineering team at its R&D center in Belo Horizonte. Google will hire some professionals for its commercial office in Sao Paulo as well.
The Silicon Valley firm will leverage Brazilian tech talent to bolster its privacy, security, and anti-abusive content technologies, reported Reuters citing its interview with Berthier Ribeiro-Neto, the company’s director of engineering for Latin America.
Brazilians are the fifth-largest users of Google’s nine popular products, such as YouTube and Map, according to Fabio Coelho, president at Google Brazil.
The goal is to show the world the innovative capacity of Brazilian tech professionals, Coelho said in a statement.
Google came to Belo Horizonte in 2005 when it acquired Akwan, a local search engine, created by a group of teachers from UFMG, a federal university. The company has currently employed barely 200 people in the South American country.