“China’s digital transformation journey, which was once expected to take three to five years, is now likely to be accelerated and completed within a year,” said Jeff Zhang, president of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.
The job announcement comes after Alibaba pledged to spend 200 billion yuan ($ 28 billion) in April over the next three years to build more data centers. Cloud revenue in the technology giant rose to 40 billion yuan ($ 5.7 billion) in fiscal 2020, an increase of 62% over the previous year.
Unemployment rose during the pandemic. But there are still companies that are being hired amid the economic disaster, as changing consumer habits are forcing companies in a variety of industries to gain talent.
Microsoft has hundreds of open positions related to its Azure cloud service, according to ads on LinkedIn, the social media platform it acquired in 2016, while Amazon lists thousands of cloud tasks on its own website. Google has hundreds more openings in cloud services.
The American software company VMware has 1350 openings worldwide, many of which are in cloud services – a priority for hiring the company.
Demand for cloud services is growing worldwide as more people work and attend classes at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Some universities are preparing to give online lectures next year and are looking for providers to manage the backup of their data.
Google Meet, the company’s video communications service, has seen a 30-fold increase in usage since January, adding about 3 million new users and serving 3 billion video calls a day.