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Alibaba Targets Fresh Graduates to Stay Competitive in Tech Market

By Ding Yi / Jul 22, 2021 07:00 PM / Business & Tech

Alibaba is launching what it calls its biggest ever recruiting program for fresh graduates, as the battle for young talent intensifies in China’s tech landscape despite Beijing’s tightening oversight of the sector.

The Jack Ma-founded giant is offering 113 positions at Alibaba Group and its affiliates, including Ant Group, Cainiao, Alibaba Health Information Technology and Alibaba Pictures. About 45 of the jobs are available to new graduates for the first time, according to a statement on Monday.

The positions, based in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Nanjing and Chengdu, will be shared in technology-related and non-technology categories. These involve fields ranging from machine learning, autonomous driving and chip design to product operation, video editing and visual design.

The statement did not disclose how many new graduates Alibaba plans to hire to fill the vacancies.

The number of university graduates in China hit 9 million in 2021, an increase of 350,000 over 2020, China’s National Bureau of Statistics said in June.

Alibaba’s hiring plan comes as many Chinese tech companies have increased their payroll costs to introduce new blood and retain excellent employees.

In March, TikTok owner ByteDance embarked on a hiring spree for its new education division, with plans to hire some 10,000 employees to fill China-based vacancies in teaching, product management and community management in four months.

Earlier this month,, a major rival of Alibaba, promised to increase the average employee annual salary to the equivalent of 16-months pay by July 2023 from the current 14-month model.

Related: Tesla Launches Hiring Spree in China as It Prepares for Shanghai Production of Model Y

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