Tesla Ramp Up Hiring In China Despite Musk’s Fears

Tesla ups its recruitment in China even as Musk warns salaried staff might need to be cut.


A Tesla sign is seen at its factory in Shanghai, China, May 13, 2021. REUTERS/Aly Song
A Tesla sign is seen at its factory in Shanghai, China, May 13, 2021. REUTERS/Aly Song
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LONDON (Bywire News) - Tesla, the electric car giant, is advertising around two dozen new positions in China, in a move which seems to go against Elon Musk’s suggestion that the company would have to cut back due to overstaffing. 

Starting at 7 pm Shanghai time (11 pm GMT) the online event begins the process of the requirement for so called ‘smart manufacturing roles’. As things stand, Tesla currently has a total of 224 vacancies for roles in the country for engineers and managers including 24 new openings.

As well as attempting to identify managers they also have posted positions for engineers to supervise the use of Tesla’s 6,000-ton die casting machine called Giga press, reported to be one of the biggest in the world.

Tesla isn’t a stranger to hosting hiring events in China. Back in May, they hosted one trying to find summer interns.

Revenue from Tesla’s China operation doubled in 2021 contributing a quarter of its net income, indicating a push for more employees in China.

Tesla Model 3 and Model Ys were manufactured by the Shanghai plant which manufactured over half of the cars for sales in China.

Output at the plant suffered during the Covid-19 lockdown in Shanghai with production halting for 22 days. Afterwards, it struggled to get back up to full speed. However, it is now ramping up with Tesla hitting 22,000 cars a week by mid-May.

Even so in an email about the state of the economy Musk described himself as having a ‘super bad feeling’ and suggested he may need to cut 10% of salaried staff. In a separate email to Tesla employees, he warned the company had become overstaffed in many areas suggesting salaried headcount would reduce by 10% although hourly head-count would increase.  

(Writing by Samba Jallow, editing by Tom Cropper and Klaudia Fior)

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