The jobs are meant to “minimize the impact of the epidemic on employment in the short term,” JD.com said in a statement, adding that it wants to “support stable employment.” The company said some of the positions will be temporary.
Dada Group, a local on-demand delivery provider that is backed by JD, will create an additional 15,000 positions.
JD.com’s supermarket chain, 7FRESH, will also reach out to employees from restaurants, hotels, cinemas and retail outlets “that are temporarily closed due to the coronavirus,” the company said in a statement.
These workers will be eligible for new short-term positions, including shop clerks, packaging assistants and delivery couriers, according to the company.
Some workers have already found jobs through these initiatives. JD.com said Wednesday that its logistics unit has taken in at least 700 employees from more than 10 companies, adding that the firm is continuing to work with partners, staffing agencies and restaurants to recruit more people in thousands of cities.
“It is JD’s responsibility to work with partners and help them and their employees get through this special time,” said Chunhua Cao, who leads human resources at 7FRESH, JD.com’s supermarket division.
Xi said Monday that the government would focus on stabilizing business activity and preventing mass layoffs.
In recent years, the government has said it has to create 11 million new jobs annually to keep employment on track.
Senior members of the Communist Party’s Politburo — the seven most powerful men in China — said last month that all efforts must be taken to achieve those goals in 2020.
— CNN’s Eric Cheung and Laura He contributed to this report.