Tesla re­cruits work­ers in China

Shang­hai plant will open to ease de­liv­ery pres­sure

Global Times US Edition - - BIZUPDATE - By Xie Jun and Wang Cong

US elec­tric car­maker Tesla Inc is scram­bling to start op­er­a­tions at its Gi­gafac­tory in Shang­hai to meet am­bi­tious pro­duc­tion tar­gets amid ris­ing pres­sure, as it con­tin­ues to ratchet up re­cruit­ment of talent.

On Satur­day, Tesla held the third round of re­cruit­ment at the Shang­hai Pudong job mar­ket with a fo­cus on tech­ni­cal staff for Gi­gafac­tory 3, an employee at the event con­firmed to the Global Times on Sun­day.

A se­cu­rity guard at the Shang­hai Pudong job mar­ket said that the Tesla re­cruit­ment fair at­tracted “hun­dreds of ap­pli­cants.”

Tesla held the fair to re­cruit tech­ni­cal staff such as pro­duc­tion su­per­vi­sors, in­stal­la­tion and re­pair tech­ni­cians, qual­ity in­spec­tors and oth­ers for the new Shang­hai plant.

News por­tal thep­a­per.cn said about 500 ap­pli­cants at­tended the fair on Satur­day. Some came from Shang­hai it­self and sur­round­ing re­gions, but there were also can­di­dates who trav­eled from more dis­tant points such as Fuzhou, East China’s Fu­jian Prov­ince, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Tesla didn’t re­ply to an in­ter­view re­quest from the Global Times as to the spe­cific con­di­tions of the hir­ing. But Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that the com­pany aims to pro­duce as many as 2,000 cars a week by the end of 2019.

Although the com­pany saw record sales in the sec­ond quar­ter of 2019 at 95,200 units, boosted by sales of its most af­ford­able ve­hi­cle, Tesla is still run­ning far be­hind meet­ing its tar­get to de­liver at least 360,000 cars and pro­duce a “sig­nif­i­cantly higher” num­ber of units this year.

“Tesla is fac­ing a great deal of pres­sure in both sales and pro­duc­tion, so it has to get [the Shang­hai fac­tory] up and run­ning soon, other­wise its share price will take a fur­ther hit,” Feng Shim­ing, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Menu­tor Con­sult­ing Shang­hai, told the Global Times on Sun­day.

How­ever, the car­maker may see more chal­lenges down the road in China, as more con­sumers start to no­tice var­i­ous prob­lems with the cars, rang­ing from loose screws to catching fire. “Tesla’s rep­u­ta­tion has be­come so bad” that many will likely choose other brands, Feng said.

Also, although Tesla’s sta­tus as a pi­o­neer in the NEV sec­tor has at­tracted many Chi­nese auto work­ers, the wages of­fered by Tesla for those posts have fallen short of ex­pec­ta­tions. A Weibo user named Aichi­lu­mi­antiaomt com­plained that the pay be­ing of­fered by Tesla is “not as good as ex­pected.”

“Maybe be­cause it is Tesla, ev­ery­body has high ex­pec­ta­tions for its pay,” the user said.

The per­son also dis­closed that the Tesla Gi­gafac­tory 3 of­fers monthly pay of about 9,000 yuan ($1,305.77) for a pro­duc­tion su­per­vi­sor. The wage does not in­clude ac­com­mo­da­tion, which is usu­ally the case with other com­pa­nies, ac­cord­ing to in­sid­ers.

The av­er­age monthly salary of 8,765 yuan for ur­ban jobs in Shang­hai in 2018, ac­cord­ing to data from the Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal Hu­man Re­sources and So­cial Se­cu­rity Bureau.

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