Apple supplier Foxconn starts new hiring spree at world’s largest iPhone factory in China ahead of next product launch
- Foxconn has raised the bonus that each new worker gets at its Zhengzhou plant to US$1,345 when they stay on the job for more than four months upon enrolment
- Apple’s prime iPhone supplier has also accelerated signing up returning employees, offering them a US$1,420 bonus after four months on the job
Foxconn, the world’s biggest electronics contract manufacturer, has started hiring new trainees and assembly line workers, raising the bonus each person gets to 9,000 yuan (US$1,345) when they stay on the job for more than four months upon enrolment, according to the latest recruitment notice published on Monday by the firm’s integrated Digital Product Business Group, the division responsible for iPhone production.
Foxconn’s latest recruitment drive is expected to scale up cash rewards to woo more workers back in the following months, as the contract manufacturer tries to provide a stable level of production, said Ivan Lam, Hong Kong-based analyst at Counterpoint Research.
Apple could consider reallocating some orders for new iPhones to other contractors on the mainland in case Foxconn’s manufacturing activity gets slowed down by potential new disruptions, Counterpoint’s Lam said. He indicated that it was unlikely for Apple to produce these new devices outside China.