Baidu, China’s largest online search company, is planning to hire up to 30 software engineers directly from Silicon Valley early in July, in a demonstration of its growing ambitions to match the technological prowess of rival Google and expand overseas.
The company said it would attend a job fair in the US on July 10 and that it had 30 positions to fill. It said on Tuesdau: “These could be Chinese, people from Taiwan or Hong Kong, or citizens of any other country”.
The initiative marks the beginning of changes in the personnel profile of Baidu, widely seen as a national champion in China. So far, fewer than 10 of the company’s more than 8,000 employees hold passports from countries other than China.
Zheng Bin, Baidu’s human resources director said: “As we develop more and more advanced search technologies, our need for world-class talent will only continue to increase”.
Baidu has been the main beneficiary of the decision by Google to move its Chinese web search to Hong Kong from its mainland site in January, and stands to gain even more market share should Google fail to renew its Chinese licence on Wednesday.
It claims more than 60 per cent of China’s online search market revenues.