Jobs Surge Back for Techies Google hired 786 employees in Q1 By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Apr 16, 2010 8:06 AM CDT 6 comments Comments This photo taken Friday, April 9, 2010,, shows a Google sign at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) (Newser) – If you went to MIT, the economy shouldn’t look half bad. Tech companies are hiring again, often even fighting over top recruits, the Wall Street Journal reports. Yesterday, Google announced that it had hired 786 employees in the first quarter, and said it expected to “continue hiring aggressively throughout the year.” The announcement came alongside a stellar earnings report that showed a 37% profit jump for the company. That figure should be just the tip of the iceberg; Standard & Poor is predicting a 79% year-over-year earnings boost for the whole sector for the quarter. And with those profits will come jobs; Intel is hiring for the first time in five years, Cisco will add 2,000 to 3,000 workers, and loads of smaller companies and start-ups are headhunting as well. “It’s a very competitive job market,” says a LinkedIn VP.