Non-profit plans to continue hiring in all departments.
ICANN expects to end FY 2013 this June with nearly 50% more employees than it began the year with.
That’s according to the non-profit’s FY 2014 draft operating plan, which shows an expected 233 employees by the end of June. It ended June 2012 with 158 employees. That’s nearly 50% growth in just one year.
The forecast shows that ICANN expects to hire 47 people in this quarter alone. 19 of those are allocated to the new top level domain program.
The non-profit is planning to grow its headcount to 284 by the end of FY 2014, which concludes in June 2014.
The Global Stakeholder Engagement Group and Operations team will see the biggest headcount growth during FY 2014 under the draft plan, going from 23 to 29 and 11 to 17 projected employees, respectively.
DNS Industry and the technical functions team will both get five new employees under the draft FY 2014 plan.
No “permanent” department plans to shed employees in the coming fiscal year, although headcount dedicated to the new TLD program is expected to decrease from 35 at the beginning of FY 2014 to 21 by the end of the fiscal year. However, only 16 people were allocated to new TLDs as of March, so the number of employees will still be higher at the end of the fiscal year than it was at last count in March.
I expect much of the hiring to occur outside the United States.