tesla: Tesla moves forward with hiring event in China after Musk’s job notice

Shanghai: Tesla was proceeding with an online hiring event a China Thursday and added two dozen new job postings for the country a week later Elon Musk he threatened to cut jobs at the electric car maker and said the company was “understaffed” in some areas.

Tesla plans to hold the event online starting at 7:00 pm Shanghai time and recruit staff for “intelligent manufacturing” roles, according to an online post.

Tesla currently has 224 openings in China for managers and engineers in that category, according to a separate post WeChat account, 24 of which were re-registered on 9 June.

Among the positions assigned are managers and engineers to oversee the operation of its 6,000 tonne die casting machines known as the Giga Press, one of the largest in the world.

Tesla regularly organizes such online hiring events in China, with the latest being held in May for summer interns.

Tesla’s revenue in China more than doubled in 2021 from a year ago, contributing to a quarter of the US automaker’s total revenue.

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Plans in Shanghai, which produce Model 3 and Model Ys for domestic sale and export, produced more than half of the cars produced last year, and Tesla also plans to expand the factory.

However, the plant’s production was severely affected by the two-month COVID-19 blockade in Shanghai which saw it stop work for 22 days and subsequently struggle to return to full production. Previously, Tesla had planned to increase production at the plant to 22,000 cars per week by mid-May.

Musk, the chief executive, said in an email seen by Reuters last week he had a “bad feeling” about the economy and needed to cut 10% of the staff at the electric car maker. The email was titled “Suspend All Hiring Worldwide”.

In another email to employees on Friday, Musk said Tesla will cut its payroll by 10%, as it has become “over-staffed in many areas,” but added that “the hourly headcount will increase.”

However, on Saturday he pulled back from emails, saying that total headcount would increase over the next 12 months and that the number of salaried staff should be slightly changed.

Musk hadn’t specifically commented on the staff in China.

Musk last month compared US workers to those in China, saying American workers tended to try to avoid going to work while Chinese workers didn’t leave the factories.

“They will burn the oil at 3 am,” he told a Chinese workers conference.

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