Europe's biggest carmaker Volkswagen AG plans to hire around 50,000 workers worldwide in the medium-term, including 5,000-6,000 in Germany by 2015.

We have around 400,000 workers around the world today. With pursued growth in many markets, we could reach a staff of 450,000 in the medium term, VW personnel director Horst Neumann told the German financial daily Handelsblatt.

In addition, we will have to replace 60,000 workers in the next five years, Neumann said as VW negotiates a major work contract with German unions.

Expecting to rely less on temporary workers,  the carmaker will create 5,000-6,000 jobs in Germany by 2015, the VW executive informed.