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LATAM | Nov 25, 2021

Huawei supports close to 100,000 jobs in Latin America and the Caribbean: study

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Michael Xue, vice president of Huawei Latin America and the Caribbean.

Huawei supported 96,500 jobs, both directly and indirectly, in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2019, a study released on Wednesday (November 24) has found.

The report by Oxford Economics finds that Huawei supported local employment in the region by working together with its customers and partners and through the activities of its employees and partners, in addition to employing about 3,500 people directly.

“Huawei’s activities and services have wider effects, boosting economy elsewhere in the economy, such as research and development spillovers or training,” Pete Collings, director of economic impact consulting, Europe and Middle East, said at the event ‘Digital Talent at Huawei: Present and Perspectives’, which was held on Wednesday.

In a breakdown, the report finds that Huawei supported 13,150 jobs in Mexico, 28,400 jobs in Brazil and 14,150 jobs in Colombia, respectively.

“Customer centricity, dedication and long-term intensive investment in research and innovation are the known drivers of business growth at our company.”

Michael Xue, vice president of Huawei Latin America and the Caribbean

Michael Xue, vice president of Huawei Latin America and the Caribbean, said Huawei has a human resources system that draws on international best practices extensively to encourage the employees to work for the long-term interests of the company by helping its stakeholders build a connected and intelligent world.

“Customer centricity, dedication and long-term intensive investment in research and innovation are the known drivers of business growth at our company,” said Xue, who has been with the company since 2001 in both the Chinese and the international markets.

“If we take one step further, I would say that what really made all these possible is a system based on performance and merits, and that comes from a human resources system that encourage and reward our people for dedication and hard work and sometimes even a bit of perseverance,” he added.

Huawei has a global presence in over 170 countries around the world but is also committed to having localised operations.

Xue said the company has a plan to recruit hundreds of fresh graduates in Latin America and the Caribbean in the near future.

Employees at the event also shared their stories of working with Huawei. Luiz Gustavo Queiroz, vice president of delivery and service at the Enterprise Business Group, Huawei Brazil, shared his stories of working with Huawei for 21 years. He is known to be the longest-serving employee at Huawei Brazil and is among a group of employees to receive commendations for their service and dedication recently.

“It’s a long story. It is a path with a lot of challenges,” he said.

A GREAT EXPERIENCE

Benjamin Silva, an Emmy Award-winning technology expert for movies, television and the new entertainment era of content over fixed and mobile networks, said it has been a remarkable five years at Huawei.

He now works as a chief digital officer for video, media and entertainment solutions at Huawei Latin America.

“It’s a great experience and I have been able to do many exciting things,” he said, recounting how he chose to work with Huawei when he had many options.

Tatiana Diaz, an account manager from Huawei Panama, shared her experience of working with Huawei, saying that the Huawei she knows is innovation-driven and is a company that is very strict with regard to ensuring customer data security.

“It is not a perfect company, but it is a good company and we can achieve a lot of things. The people are down to earth and puts serving its customers above everything else. Actually, it has always stayed driven throughout the years,” she said.

Xue said Huawei’s emphasis on talent goes beyond the company. The event also has four students who participated in the digital talent programme of Huawei in the region such as Seeds for the Future, Global ICT Contest and the Huawei Academy. Through such programmes, Huawei has been able to help train 50,000 students and teachers in the region, the company said, highlighting the digital talent gap in the region as the countries in the region experience accelerated digital transformation.

Michael Chen, director of corporate communications for Huawei Latin America and the Caribbean, said that the company produces good incentives with its remuneration system by combining the short-term, medium-term and long-term incentives.

“We have the monthly salaries, year-end bonus, and the dividends from shares and time-based unit plans that our employees will get if they stay with the company for more than five years and have good performance,” he said.

The time-based unit plans, covering long-term employees with good performance, allows its receivers to get dividends like shares for up to five years if they stay on.

Founded in 1987 in Shenzhen, a city iconic of China’s reform and opening up, Huawei has grown quickly and expanded in the international market to become a global ICT leader and digital infrastructure provider. It has presence in over 170 countries.

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