Tesla has introduced proprietary software to track its job applicants, three current and former recruiters told The Information, a move that could cut hiring costs as CEO Elon Musk pursues his goal of reduce the electric vehicle manufacturer’s dependence on external software providers.

Tesla’s move marks an unusual step to develop talent-related technology in-house. Except for some of the biggest tech players, most companies tend to pay for software developed by firms including Oracle, SAP and Avature, as Tesla did.

The new application also underscores Tesla’s long-term recruiting ambitions. After Tesla increased its workforce by 28,533 last year to 99,290, Musk said in June that the automaker would cut jobs by 10 percent. But Tesla continues to review applicants and is hiring some employees, a current company official said.


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