Last year was a turbulent one for disruptive taxi-hailing service Uber, culminating with CEO Travis Kalanick a wanted man in South Korea. But new data seen by Techworld suggests the bullish company has ambitious growth plans for 2015.
Uber wants to recruit 144 non-drivers in Asia, 81 in Europe, 29 in South America, 28 in Oceania, 17 in Africa and six in the Middle East, according to data sent to Techworld at the end of December by data analysis firm Silk.
The US has the most jobs on offer, with 192 openings, but there are some 322 jobs going outside North America.
Uber is hiring 36 people in China and 35 in India, Asia’s two most populated countries.
Since September 2014 job openings were posted for 11 new countries. The biggest new-comer was the Netherlands with 24 new job listings.
UK expansion plans
In the UK, Uber is recruiting for 13 positions, with seven of those falling under operations, two under local marketing and support and two under public policy and communication. There are no engineering positions being advertised in the UK, despite the well-established engineering communities around clusters like London’s Silicon Roundabout and Cambridge.
Of Uber’s 44 engineering positions, 37 can be found in the US, two can be found in Denmark, two in the Netherlands and one in Bulgaria.
The majority (215) of the jobs on offer globally are in operations but Uber is also interested in recruiting people for local marketing and support, positions, with 104 jobs being advertised in those fields. The firm is also recruiting for 42 public policy and communications positions, possibly in a bid to improve its image.
Governments and other taxi companies around the world threaten Uber’s global expansion plans but the San Francisco behemoth is understood to be investing heavily in its lobbying efforts to ensure red tape doesn’t get in its way.
Fred Wilson, a leading New York venture capitalist at Union Square Ventures, said in December that Uber needs to drop its arrogance and mature if it wants to achieve its full potential and list as a public company.