ICANN plans to ramp up its headcount starting next year to support the development of the new gTLD program.
Newly published budgeting documents show that average headcount is expected to rise to 406 for the year ending June 30, 2022, from 395 at the end of this June, with an even steeper increase to 448 a year later.
That’s after several years in which staffing levels have been fairly stable, even sometimes declining a little.
The main culprit is the Operational Design Phase for the next new gTLD round(s), which is expected to kick off soon.
ICANN expects to hire or assign nine people to manage the ODP before the end of June 2022, ramping that up to an average of 22 over the following year. The amount of non-ODP operational staff is expected to rise by 28 over the same period.
ICANN currently advertises 31 open positions on its web site, having added eight listings just this week.
This chart shows the expected growth:
At the time of the last new gTLD application round, in 2012, ICANN had 152 staffers, nine of whom were assigned to new gTLD project — and that was after the programs rules had already been developed, implemented and the application window opened and closed.
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