Jingdong, one of China’s e-commerce giants, said it will recruit 15,000 new employees this year, following its earlier announcement to eliminate the last 10% of its top executive, The Paper said.

Its subsidiary JD Logistics will add 10,000 new employees, mainly workers and their supervisors, while its retail sales subsidiary will focus on improving the user experience.

By the end of the third quarter of 2018, Jingdong Group had more than 170,000 full-time employees.

Since the end of last year, a number of Internet companies have been rumoured to begin substantial layoffs. Both Alibaba and Jingdong were coupled with rumours that staffing had been greatly reduced and recruitment was stopped.

However, Zhang Kong, CEO of Alibaba, pledged that the company will not lay off employees. Instead, it will continue to open recruitment, increase training programs for talent and help society create more job opportunities.