The country’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India on Friday said it will hire an additional 950 people in the next fiscal including some expatriates from Europe and the U.S.

“We are looking at 950 people for 2010-11. A good chunk will go for research and development,” Maruti Suzuki India Managing Executive Officer Administration (HR, Finance and IT) S.Y. Siddiqui told reporters on the sidelines of SIAM HR conclave.

At present, MSI has a staff strength of 7,500 employees.

Enrolment in the next fiscal will be higher than the 800 people recruited this fiscal by the company, Siddiqui said.

He, however, said the company might go for additional hiring once details are finalised about its upcoming capacity expansion at the Manesar plant.

It is 950 as of now and it will get revised when we look at the expanded capacity.

The company will also go for overseas hiring as part of its plans to tap the global talent pool.

“By April, we will be finalising a few guys and around 10 guys may join us by May-June. We are looking at Europe as a major area for hiring expatriates and all the new overseas employees will have prior work experience for at least 7-8 years,” Siddiqui said.

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