Alibaba: number of employees 2012-2019

Alibaba Group Holding, China’s biggest e-commerce company, had nearly 102 thousand full-time employees by the end of March 2019. While not the biggest employer in the country, Alibaba is the most valuable listed internet company in China and among the largest ones in terms of revenue.

What is Alibaba Group?

   The company was founded in Hangzhou, China in 1999 by a group of people led by a former English teacher Jack Ma. It started as an online platform helping small Chinese businesses to reach global buyers. Alibaba Group went public in September 2014 and broke all records with a total IPO of 25 billion U.S. dollars. Today, the company operates a number of e-commerce, retail, internet service, and fintech-related businesses all around the world. It is best known for its B2B e-commerce platform (including and segments), C2C marketplace Taobao, B2C online retail platform Tmall, and online payment platform Alipay.

Who are Alibaba’s employees?

   As of the beginning of 2019, Alibaba had more employees than Yahoo and Facebook combined. The majority of them work in the company’s operations/customer service and research & development departments. As of 2018, over one-third of Alibaba’s senior management were female and around 45 percent of all staff were under 30 years old. Every year on May 10, Alibaba group celebrates Employee Appreciation Day. All employees, also called Aliren, bring their families to the company campus for an all-day carnival.

Number of full-time employees at Alibaba from 2012 to 2019

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Release date

May 2019


Worldwide, China

Survey time period

2012 to 2019

Special properties

fiscal year ending March 31

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