Tesla Hiring 500-600 Staff Per Month at Giga Berlin, Says Minister

Tesla has been hiring around 500 to 600 people per month at Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg, according to statements from a regional economy minister made on Monday, and as reported by Reuters.

At a conference, Economic Minister Joerg Steinbach said Tesla has recruited around 4,100 to 4,500 staff thus far.

Steinbach said, “The situation of carmakers in other regions realising that the production of electric cars requires less people than they had in the past is helping us, because we are trying to bring them here to Brandenburg.”

Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin, located in Grünheide, Germany, has been running two shifts since May 23, and the company plans to start a third by the end of the year.

The news comes just a week or so after Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the automaker would cut 10 percent of its salaried staff before increasing hourly workers.

Tesla elected a works council for the Grünheide factory in February, which will call for new elections every two years.

In addition, Tesla began expanding Giga Berlin in Grünheide by around 250 acres last month, after submitting updated expansion plans to the city.

Last month, Tesla was also reportedly making 86 Model Y Performance units per day at Giga Berlin-Brandenburg, just a few months after the automaker opened the German factory.