Tesla held an online employment event in China on Thursday and added more than 20 new jobs to the country, a week after Elon Musk threatened to fire the electric car maker’s employees and said that the company has too many employees in some areas, Reuters reports.
Tesla plans to hold an online event starting at 2 p.m., and will be recruiting staff for “smart production” roles, according to an online post.
Tesla has 224 jobs open in China for managers and engineers in that category, according to a separate message from its WeChat account, 24 of which were published on Thursday.
Among the jobs available are positions of managers and engineers who oversee the operation of 6,000-ton paint machines, known as Giga Press, one of the largest in the world.
Tesla regularly organizes such online employment events in China, the most recent being in May for summer interns.
Tesla’s revenue in China has more than doubled in 2021 from the previous year, accounting for a quarter of total revenue for the US automaker.
The Shanghai plant, which produces the Model 3 and Model Y for the domestic market and exports, has produced more than half of the cars manufactured last year and Tesla plans to expand its plant.
However, production at the factory was severely affected by the two-month Covid quarantine that stopped work for 22 days and then struggled to return to full production capacity. Tesla had previously planned to increase production from 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 “very bad feeling” about the economy and that he had to cut 10% of the carmaker’s staff. The email was entitled “Suspend all employment worldwide”.
In another email to employees on Friday, Musk said Tesla would reduce the number of employees by 10% because “there are too many employees in many areas,” but added that “the number of employees per hour will increase.”
However, on Saturday he withdrew from the position in the emails, saying that the total number of employees will increase in the next 12 months and the staff will be slightly changed.
Musk did not specifically talk about Chinese personnel.
Last month, Musk compared American workers to Chinese workers, saying that American employees tend to try to avoid work while the Chinese do not leave the factories.
“He works late at 3:00 in the morning,” he said at a conference with Chinese employees.
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