Google, Amazon raise 2 more reasons to worry about your IT talent

Both Google and Amazon announced plans this week to add thousands of jobs to their respective workforces in the coming years, potentially intensifying the ongoing tech talent war in the U.S. and Canada.

In a Feb. 6 blog post, Amazon described its plans to create 15,000 new jobs in Bellevue, Wash., where the tech giant already employs more than 2,000 workers. Many of the new hires will work out of the company's planned Bellevue 600 building, according to CNBC, a 43-story tower that will be the tallest yet for both Amazon and the city of Bellevue, which is located just across Lake Washington from the company's Seattle headquarters.

Google, meanwhile, will increase its Canadian workforce more than threefold by the end of 2022, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company will expand its Montreal, Toronto and Waterloo offices to grow its Canada-based staff from 1,500 to 5,000 within the next three years.

Google, too, will construct new facilities to hold its expanding workforce, with plans for a new office in Toronto-adjacent Waterloo with a capacity of up to 3,000 employees. The new hires will reportedly be focused on cloud computing, artificial intelligence and gaming; Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat told WSJ the Canadian expansion will see the merging of Google's cloud healthcare group and Toronto-based AI team.

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