(Yicai Global) February 13 — New energy vehicle maker BYD and other Chinese manufacturers are actively hiring as China’s economy recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.
BYD began recruiting new workers for its factory in Zhengzhou, central Henan province, which is still under construction, ahead of the end of the week-long Spring Festival holiday on Jan. 27, Yicai Global has learned.
As many migrant workers will be returning home from major cities along the east coast to Henan province during the holidays, BYD decided to take the opportunity to carry out large-scale recruitment in preparation for when the factory opens later this year, an employee in the company’s human resources department based in Shenzhen said.
Alongside BYD’s recruiting center, a number of logistics companies and engineering technology firms have also pitched tents to cater to the automaker’s interested crowd.
Labor demand is showing a significant upward trend at present as industry and supply chains are entering a critical recovery period, Xu Hongcai, deputy director of the Economic Policy Committee of the China Policy Science Association, told Yicai Global.
The auto parts maker is hiring more frontline workers and research and development staff as orders so far this year have outpaced last year, an executive told Yicai Global. Based in eastern Zhejiang province, the company supplies components to major Chinese and foreign automakers such as BYD, General Motors and Ford.
And Baorunda New Materials is planning a new round of hiring as the polyurethane materials supplier expects revenue to jump more than 30 percent this year due to strong demand, said General Manager Zhu Zhengye. The Henan-based company has orders worth over CNY200 million (USD29 million) for the year.
The number of job positions advertised in the hotel and catering industry jumped 40 percent last week from the previous week, according to hiring platform Zhaopin’s latest weekly report on the job market. While the number of jobs offered for car and truck drivers and airline and train crew jumped 82.5 percent, jobs in the tourism sector jumped 58.9 percent and jobs for general workers and technicians rose 42.2 percent.
More than 71 percent of companies are optimistic about the economy and long-term economic development, according to a survey conducted by Zhaopin.
Editors: Tang Shihua, Kim Taylor