Alibaba Group Holding’s domestic e-commerce unit Taobao and Tmall is hiring for more than 2,000 entry-level positions, in a new sign that Big Tech firms in China are gearing up for growth after years of downsizing. The unit, one of six major business groups under Alibaba, is looking for fresh graduates to fill roles ranging from engineering to algorithms and data in places including its hometown Hangzhou, as well as Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Guangzhou, the company said in a statement.
The recruitment effort forms part of an overall plan by Alibaba, owner of the South China Morning Post, to add 15,000 employees – including 3,000 fresh graduates – across the company this year. The tech giant’s return to active hiring follows noticeable cuts in its payroll. Alibaba had 228,675 employees as of the end of June, down 6,541 from the end of March, according to its latest earnings report.
Social media and video gaming giant Tencent Holdings, which announced on Thursday it would be offering a large number of openings at home and abroad, covering artificial intelligence, cloud computing, robotics and industrial internet, had also been slashing jobs. The Shenzhen-based firm had 104,500 employees at the end of June, a decline of 6,200 from a year ago, its financial statements showed.
China’s youth unemployment hit a new high in June, raising pressure for authorities to boost hiring of young people. The National Bureau of Statistics, which was expected to publish July figures on Tuesday, suspended the release of youth unemployment data, sparking public concerns that the situation could be worsening.
The National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planning agency, in July praised internet companies for “advancing high-level scientific and technological self-reliance efforts” and “contributing to the promotion of high-quality development”. That high-profile endorsement was followed by a friendly meeting between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and representatives from major tech companies, including Alibaba Cloud founder Wang Jian and Xiaohongshu founder Qu Fang.
With Beijing easing its control over Big Tech, several other tech firms have also expanded recruitment. Late last month, on-demand local services giant Meituan, which runs the country’s leading food delivery platform, announced 6,000 new positions that were open to fresh graduates – up from 5,000 similar vacancies last year.
Kuaishou Technology, operator of China’s No 2 short-video app, unveiled more than 200 new job openings that month.
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