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Tesla proceeds with China hiring event despite Musk's warnings

Image: Reuters Berita 24 English -Tesla continued with an online hiring event in China on Thursday and published two dozen new job posts for...

Image: Reuters

Berita 24 English -Tesla continued with an online hiring event in China on Thursday and published two dozen new job posts for the country, a week after Elon Musk warned layoffs at the electric vehicle manufacturer and stated that the firm was "overstaffed" in some regions.

According to an online article, Tesla will hold the event online beginning at 7:00 p.m. Shanghai time (11:00 GMT) and will recruit for "smart manufacturing" positions.

According to a separate post on its WeChat account, Tesla currently has 224 opportunities for managers and engineers in China, 24 of which were posted on June 9.

Managers and engineers are needed to monitor the operation of the 6,000-ton Giga Press die casting machine, one of the largest in the world.

The most recent online hiring event for summer internships was hosted in May by Tesla in China.

In 2021, Tesla's China revenue more than doubled from the previous year, accounting for a fourth of the U.S. automaker's entire income.

The Shanghai plant, which produces Model 3 and Model Y vehicles for local and international sales, produced more than half of Tesla's vehicles last year, and the company is looking to expand the facility.

However, the plant's output was severely impacted by Shanghai's two-month COVID-19 shutdown, which halted operations for 22 days and made it difficult to restore to full capacity. Prior to this, Tesla had expected to increase factory production to 22,000 vehicles per week by mid-May.

Musk stated in an email obtained by Reuters last week that he had a "terrible feeling" about the economy and needed to slash 10 percent of the electric car manufacturer's personnel. The subject of the email was "stop all hiring internationally."

Musk stated in a separate email sent to employees on Friday that Tesla would reduce salaried headcount by 10 percent due to "overstaffing in several areas" but that "hourly headcount will increase."

However, on Saturday he distanced himself from the emails, stating that the total number of employees will expand over the next 12 months but the number of salaried employees would remain relatively unchanged.

Musk had not remarked on China's staffing explicitly.

Musk likened American workers to Chinese workers last month, stating that American workers tended to avoid going to work while Chinese workers would not leave the factories.

"They will be burning the midnight oil," he told a Chinese workers' meeting.

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