Google Plans to Hire Over 50 to Beef Up China Workforce

  • Job listings include software engineers and product managers
  • Google now employs more than 500 people in Shanghai, Beijing

Alphabet Inc.’s Google is seeking to hire more than 50 people in China for roles ranging from software engineers to creative consultants, ramping up its presence in the world’s largest mobile market after scaling back more than five years ago.

Advertisements have been placed on recruitment website LinkedIn since Dec. 7 for jobs in Shanghai and Beijing, including roles in its Google Play online store and mobile business. The hiring effort comes amid reports Google may be edging back into the world’s most populous country, after cutting operations in 2010 over censorship concerns.

Among the 54 LinkedIn listings, all posted within the past few weeks, were ads for lead software engineers and product managers, internships, and technical specialists. Google already employs more than 500 people in the country to serve global marketers and work on various products, said Robin Moroney, a spokesman for Google in Singapore.

“We’re always on the lookout for great new employees to join the hundreds of Googlers already working in China and the number of today’s postings are about average for the past few years,” Moroney said in an e-mailed statement.

Chinese Ambitions

Google executives have remained largely silent on specific plans for Chinese expansion. In October, the U.S. company said it was making its first direct investment in the country since 2010, in an artificial-intelligence developer called Mobvoi Inc. Google is now considering opening an app store for Chinese users, The Information blog has reported.

In 2010, Google said it wouldn’t self-censor content for Chinese services, then shut its local search page and directed users to its Hong Kong website. U.S.-based Internet firms, including LinkedIn Corp., operating in China are required to censor local content.

While Google no longer offers search, an area dominated by local rival Baidu Inc., it still runs a substantial mobile and advertising business within the country. China’s government blocks Google’s Gmail, search services and YouTube, yet the company’s Android software runs most of the country’s biggest-selling smartphones.

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