China's employment driven by e-commerce is projected to exceed 48 million jobs in 2018, said ASKCI, a industry market research and enterprise consultation service provider.
In 2017, jobs brought by e-commerce in China reached 42.5 million, a year-on-year growth of 13%, while the country's total employment for the same period was 776.4 million.
That means one in 18 Chinese workers is employed in e-commerce or related industries.
The huge employment figures are driven by the rapid expansion of the e-commerce industry.
In 2017, China's e-commerce transactions totaled 29.16 trillion yuan, a year-on-year growth of 11.7 percent. In the same period, the country's online retail sales reached 7.18 trillion yuan, up by 32.2 percent since the previous year.
Jobs created by e-commerce have upgraded traditional industries. Large new business models driven by "traditional industry plus digital" have produced great new employment opportunities, said Mao Risheng, a researcher with Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
E-commerce has also become an important new choice for innovation and starting a business, opening up new employment methods for surplus rural laborers, young people returning home to start their own business, veterans and the disabled.