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Alibaba starts 2014 campus recruitment
2013-09-06     Source: Hangzhou China

Internet giant Alibaba announced on Monday to increase the number of new positions it is going to offer college graduates to over 1,000 this year, up from 170 last year. The age of Alibaba¡¯s staff averages at 27 and the recruitment this year will bring in a large number of talented people born in 1990¡¯s.

According to the company¡¯s recruitment plan, students majoring science and engineering have more opportunities as a majority of the 1,000 plus positions are software engineers, including R&D, testing, algorithm and front end. In addition, Alibaba also offered dozens of PM jobs that emphasize majors in technologies. In contrast, jobs involving design, business operation and experience analysts, which are more suitable for graduates majoring in arts, are relatively scarce.

¡°We don¡¯t recruit people for business operations and marketing units from universities and this recruitment is mainly aimed to bring in engineers,¡± an HR manager with Alibaba explained. Given the short supply of first-class data analysts in China, Alibaba plans to recruit nearly 20 such engineers who major in mathematics and statistics. ¡°For those who do not major in such fields, Alibaba will reconsider the thresholds if applicants¡¯ capabilities meet the demand,¡± the manager added.

In a speech Jack Ma, Chairman of Alibaba, gave in May, he encouraged Chinese students that study abroad to return China and join Alibaba as China promises enormous opportunities amid significant social changes.

On September 2, Alibaba announced the A-star plan. The company will pick 10 technical trainees from this year¡¯s graduates and arrange them in the most challenging projects. Supervised by the best technical directors, ¡°the trainees will be granted with a number of stock options and no threshold will be set on their salaries.¡±

The annual salaries of excellent tech personnel the company recruited last year exceed CNY 200,000, which is very competitive in China¡¯s labor market. However, a number of excellent Chinese graduates were recruited by Silicon Valley-based companies last year. Gui Jiao Qi, manager of A-star plan, noted that the company does not want to lose more talents and would like to offer the best remuneration. ¡°Alibaba has set up the largest e-commerce eco system in the world and we would love to work with the most talented people to meet world-class technical challenges,¡± Gui Jiao Qi added. All of the A-star trainees will be interviewed by Alibaba¡¯s Chief Operation Officer.

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