Tesla Cancels Recruiting Events in China, But Over 1,000 Job Postings Remain

Tesla has cancelled three separate hiring events in China according to Reuters.

The hiring events were for positions in sales, R&D and a supply chain position, scheduled for June 16, 23 and 30, as detailed on WeChat on Thursday evening.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk had previously stated in an email the company would but cutting salaried staff, but increasing hires of hourly workers. He didn’t mention China specifically in his communications.

Despite the hiring events being cancelled, Tesla’s operations in China still have over 1,000 positions open and seeking hires on the company’s WeChat, including engineers, managers, supervisors and factory workers.

The news also comes after Musk condemned remote work at Tesla for executives at the beginning of the month, telling workers to “pretend to work somewhere else.”

Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory recently took a 22-day production halt, due to the China’s worst COVID-19 surge yet, premeditating the government’s strict COVID-zero lockdown procedure.

Following the halt, Tesla gradually ramped up production and is now expecting to reach normal operations, with its closed-loops system having workers live on site coming to an end this week.