It looks like Google CFO Patrick Pichette wasn’t kidding when he said that YouTube was one of Google’s four areas of focus for 2011: the company plans to increase headcount at YouTube by 30% this year. The division currently has about 600 employees, according to the San Jose Mercury.
YouTube revealed the news in a blog post asking for job applicants. A quick look through the job listings shows that most of the openings — about 100 — are in ad sales and support, and are located all around the world.
YouTube is now getting more than 2 billion views per day, the company says. On its last earnings call, Google said YouTube revenue had doubled in 2010, and Credit Suisse recently estimated that the division will earn $700 million on $1.1 billion in revenue this year.
Apparently it will need a lot of ad sales folks to hit those numbers.