Following Elon Musk's announcement of job cuts, Tesla subsequently began canceling three online recruitment events previously scheduled for China for the month of June. The move appears to be in line with previous reports of the company being "overstaffed" in specific regions.
According to a separate post on Tesla's WeChat account, there were 224 current openings for managers and engineers in China, 24 of which were newly posted on June 9. Among the posted vacancies are managers and engineers to supervise the operation of its 6,000-ton die casting machines recognized as Giga Press, one of the world's largest.
Tesla organises such online hiring events regularly in China, the most recent one being in May for summer interns.
The company cancelled three events for sales, R&D, and supply chain positions that were previously slated for June 16, 23, and 30, according to alerts posted late on Thursday (June 9) on the messaging platform WeChat.
It had been announced that the event would be streamed live online beginning at 7 p.m. According to an online posting, the company will be recruiting for "smart manufacturing" roles at 1100 GMT Shanghai time. Other accounts did not show the event as of late Thursday, and it was unclear whether it had taken place for applicants.
More than 1,000 job positions, including aerodynamics engineers, supply chain managers, branch managers, factory supervisors, and labourers, are still up for resume submission in the China operation.
Tesla's China revenue more than doubled from a year ago in 2021, accounting for a quarter of the company's total income. The Shanghai plant, which produces Model 3 and Model Ys for domestic and export sales, produced more than half of the cars it produced last year, and Tesla plans to expand the factory.
However, output at the plant was severely harmed by Shanghai's two-month COVID-19 lockdown, which caused it to halt production for 22 days and later struggle to resume full production. Previously, Tesla had planned to increase production at the plant to 22,000 cars per week by mid-May.
Musk said in another email to employees on Friday that Tesla would cut salaried headcount by a tenth because it had become "overstaffed in many areas," but that hourly headcount would rise.
Tesla's Shanghai plant was severely impacted after the Chinese commercial hub began a two-month COVID-19 lockdown late in March.
Output is expected to fall by more than a third from the previous quarter, exceeding Musk's prediction.