A spokesperson for the search heavyweight told ZDNet Australia by e-mail that as at December last year the company had 5,680 employees globally -- a total more than three times greater than just two years before.
The spokesperson declined to reveal Google's Australian headcount, but local hiring has likewise continued at a fast pace, with 25 positions currently on offer in Australia and New Zealand. The company has ramped up its local hiring since ZDNet Australia reported on the situation six months ago.
The company is looking for multiple technical engineers in the areas of information and network security, as well as systems administration and programming.
Google's Australian sales team currently has the most vacant spots, with seven positions on offer. However the operations, product management, marketing, facilities management and human resources branches of Google in Australia are also hiring.
Three positions are available in New Zealand in the areas of sales, client services and copywriting.
But Google's not the only Internet company trying to snap up Australian talent. Yahoo7 -- formed from Yahoo's Australian operations and resources from the Seven Network is advertising for 15 vacant spots, while Microsoft has 10.