09/17/2012 06:02 EDT | Updated 11/17/2012 05:12 EST

Future Shop, Best Buy Canada looking to hire 50 new IT employees this year

BURNABY, B.C. - Future Shop and Best Buy Canada are looking to hire 50 new IT professionals, a move that will increase the IT staffing team for both retailers by 70 per cent this year.

The electronics retailers said the hiring is driven by the decision to develop its information technology strategy through performing key roles in-house.

The new roles will include system engineers, analysts and administrators.

Future Shop has about 150 stores across Canada and is based in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby, B.C.

Best Buy Canada, also based in Burnaby, has grown rapidly and expanded across Canada as well.

The two companies are both owned by Best Buy Co. Inc., the American consumer electronics giant (NYSE:BBY) that controls nearly 20 per cent of the American market.