Briefing: Alibaba’s entertainment division to add 1,800 jobs in new fiscal year

By Emma Lee
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阿里巴巴发布招聘微博:新财年新增超过1800岗位需求 – TechWeb

What happened: Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba announced Tuesday that its digital media and entertainment arm will hire 1,800 new employees for various business units such as film company Alibaba Pictures, video-streaming site Youku, web browser UC, ticketing site Damai, and online reading service Alibaba Literature. The new positions opening include film producers, algorithm experts, data specialists, and product operation experts. The recruitment period applies to its new fiscal year beginning April 2019 to March 2020, according to the company.

Why it’s important: Against the backdrop of a broader economic slowdown, Chinese tech companies including giants like JD and Didi have been tightening headcount since the beginning of this year. Alibaba’s current recruitment plan is part of its commitment to create more jobs in the slowing economy. Prior to this hiring announcement, CEO of Alibaba’s Ele.me, Wang Lei, said that the food delivery platform plans to hire more than 5,000 new employees in 2019.