Elon Musk: Tesla is cutting salaried staff now, but its total workforce will grow this year

Elon Musk, chairman and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc., speaks in front of a Tesla Model S electric car on day two of the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. The 2010 Detroit auto show runs through January 24 and features 60 new vehicle premieres. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Musk has been sending out conflicting signals on his staffing plans for the last month. And he provided only slightly more clarity in comments via video Tuesday at the Qatar Economic Forum.

“Tesla is reducing the salaried workforce roughly 10% over the next probably three months or so.” Musk said. “It’s quite clear we expect to grow our hourly workforce. We grew very fast on the salaried side and we grew a little too fast in some areas, and so it requires a reduction in salaried work force.”

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