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Huawei embarks on cash-fuelled recruitment drive



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Huawei has announced an ambitious plan to recruit top talent in the areas of science and mathematics by reportedly offering salary five times that of its peers to prime candidates.

It’s been a tough few months for the Shenzhen-based smartphone and technology giant, which has taken to describing itself as a bullet-riddled warplane after Google blocked Huawei’s access to updates to its Android operating system in May.

In a further shot across the bow – to extend the wartime metaphor – the ongoing US-China trade stoush has put a further dint in the global sales of Huawei’s smartphones. But now the telco – with more than 60,000 employees at its main operations in Dongguan and Shenzhen in southern China – is looking to lure the best and brightest to work on what it has called world-class challenging projects.

“If you are the best of the best and you want to push the boundaries of science: We want you,” read a recruitment advertisement posted on Huawei’s official WeChat account, it was reported in the SCMP.

The advert went on to say the company is looking for people “who have made extraordinary achievements in mathematics, computer science, physics, materials science, chips, smart manufacturing, or chemistry – and who are hungry to become leaders in their fields”.

Huawei has not been shy in offering generous remunerations to top talent in the past and has reportedly paid top graduates from Mainland China an annual salary up to US$300,000.

As part of its “top minds” recruitment drive, Huawei announced a priority would be given to candidates whose research has produced “tangible and impactful” results, research papers or patents, and winners of highly regarded international competitions in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Huawei announced it was looking to hire up to 30 top talent from around the world in 2019 to boost its “combat capabilities”, according to a widely circulated email in July from Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei, who said the company needed to “win the technology and commercial battles in the future”.

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