“The journey of digital transformation for companies in China, previously expected to take three to five years, is now likely to accelerate by the end of the year.” Jeff Zhang, president of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence, said in a statement.
The job announcement comes after Alibaba pledged in April to spend 200 billion yuan ($ 28 billion) over the next three years to build more data centers. Revenue in the tech giant’s cloud rose to 40 billion yuan ($ 5.7 billion) in fiscal year 2020, up 62% from a year earlier.
Unemployment rose during the pandemic. But there are still companies that are hired as a result of the economic disaster because changing consumer habits are forcing companies in a wide range of industries to find talent.
Microsoft has hundreds of open positions related to its Azure cloud service, according to ads on LinkedIn, a social media platform it acquired in 2016, while Amazon lists thousands of cloud jobs on its own website. Google has hundreds more openings in cloud services.
The American software company VMware has 1350 openings around the world, many of which are in cloud services – a priority for hiring the company.
Demand for cloud services is generally growing as more people work and attend classes at home during a coronavirus pandemic. Some universities are preparing to present lectures online next year, and many are looking for vendors to manage data backups.
Google Meet, a video communications services company, has seen a 30 percent increase in usage since January, adding about three million new users and servicing 3 billion video calls a day.