- Elon Musk tweeted that the “total number of employees would increase” at Tesla and that paid staff would stay “fairly flat”.
- Musk’s comments came after the Tesla boss sent an email to employees saying he would cut 10% of paid jobs.
- Tesla employed almost 100,000 employees at the end of 2021.
After sending an email about job cuts for salaried employees, it appeared that Tesla CEO Elon Musk withdrew his statements in a tweet response on Saturday, writing that the number of salaried employees may not change drastically.
The Twitter account @WholeMarsBlog tweeted that Tesla’s number of employees would increase over the next 12 months.
Musk responded by saying that the total number of Tesla employees hired would increase, but that salaried employees “should be fairly flat”.
Musk did not clarify whether existing salaried employees would be employed on an hourly basis or whether new employees would be employed by Tesla.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 4, 2022
Musk said he had a “super bad feeling” about the economy in an email titled “pause all employment worldwide” sent to Tesla executives on Friday. As a result, Musk said he would need to cut 10% of employees, Reuters reported.
Musk wrote that the number of hourly employees in Tesla would increase. The Tesla chief said the memo did not apply to anyone “building cars, battery packs or installing solar energy”, Reuters reported.
Two days before, Musk sent a note to his senior executives asking them to return to the office or resign, Electrek reported.
Tesla employed 100,000 at the end of last year, according to an SEC file.
A Tesla spokesperson did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.