Tesla moves forward with China hiring event after Musk job warning

SHANGHAI, June 9 (Reuters) – Tesla held an online hiring event in China on Thursday and added two dozen new job postings for the country, a week after Elon Musk threatened to cut jobs at the electric car maker and said the company was “overstaffed” in some areas.

Tesla (TSLA.O) plans to hold the event online from 7:00 p.m. Shanghai time (11:00 GMT) and will hire staff for “smart manufacturing” roles, according to an online post.

Tesla currently has 224 vacancies in China for managers and engineers in this category, according to a separate post on its WeChat account, 24 of which were recently posted on June 9.

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

Tesla regularly holds such online hiring events in China, with the last one taking place in May for summer interns.

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

The Shanghai factory, which makes Model 3s and Model Ys for domestic and export sales, produced more than half of the cars it made last year and Tesla also plans to expand. factory. Read more

However, production at the factory was hit hard by Shanghai’s two-month COVID-19 lockdown which saw it stop work for 22 days and then struggled to return to full production. Previously, Tesla had planned to increase production at the factory to 22,000 cars per week by mid-May.

Musk, the chief executive, said in an email seen by Reuters last week that he had a “super bad feeling” about the economy and needed to cut 10% of the electric carmaker’s staff. The email was titled “suspend all hiring globally.” Read more

In another email to employees on Friday, Musk said Tesla would cut salaried headcount by 10% as it has become “overstaffed in many areas,” but added that “hourly headcount will increase.”

However, on Saturday he balked at the emails, saying the total workforce would increase over the next 12 months and the number of employees was unlikely to change much. Read more

Musk had not commented specifically on staffing in China.

Last month, Musk compared American workers to those in China, saying American workers tended to avoid going to work while Chinese workers wouldn’t leave factories.

“They will burn the 3 a.m. oil, he told a conference of Chinese workers.

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Reporting by Zhang Yan and Brenda Goh; Editing by Stephen Coates

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