Tesla has begun opening up more job openings in China after the company's CEO Musk sparked controversy by forcing employees to show up for work and said the company would need to cut about 10 percent of its workforce globally.
According to the announcement on Tesla's website, the company will start an online recruitment for its "Smart Manufacturing" business at 7 p.m. Beijing time on June 9. Tesla currently has 224 positions open in China, including engineers and commercial managers, 24 of which were posted on June 9.
While this is not the first time Tesla has opened a job opening in China, Reuters has linked Musk's decision to Tesla's recent controversial issues.
Earlier this month, several media outlets said they had seen a mass email from Musk to all Tesla employees demanding that they spend 40 hours a week at the company, with the phrase "either go back to the office or quit" causing intense controversy. In addition, Musk had also proposed in the email to change the way pay is calculated and stop hiring globally to save labor costs.
Earlier, Elon Musk said in an email to Tesla executives on the 2nd that the company would need to lay off about 10% of its workforce, which could affect tens of thousands of people, as he had a "super bad feeling" about the economy.
As of yet, Elon Musk has not explained why he would open new jobs in China shortly after proposing "labor cost reductions. But Elon Musk has publicly compared the differences between workers in China and the U.S., saying "American workers tend to avoid work, while Chinese workers always stay in factories," in an attempt to explain the motivation behind Musk's decision.