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Giant iPhone maker Foxconn is getting more aggressive in hiring workers in order to obtain sufficient manpower to handle Apple’s iPhone 15 series demand. The company is now reportedly offering different bonuses in hopes of luring people to join its workforce.

Last week, news about the start of iPhone 15 manufacturing in Zhengzhou, China, surfaced. According to reports, mass production will start before this month ends. This created pressure on Foxconn, with Apple anticipating high demand for its iPhone 15 series. The reportedly Cupertino giant wants 85 to 90 million iPhone 15 units to meet the demand, pushing Foxconn to increase the size of its workforce. Indian news website Firstpost first reported that the electronics maker started hiring new employees by offering bonuses. Now, a new South China Morning Post report clarifies how determined Foxconn is to get new people.

“Foxconn’s Zhengzhou plant is offering a bonus of 8,000 yuan (US$1,105) for former employees who return regularly to the assembly line for peak seasons, according to a job posting on Monday by the company’s Product Enclosure Business Group unit, which is responsible for producing mechanical parts for the iPhone.”

According to the report, Foxconn also extends this bonus offer to applicants who will be hired in its Shenzhen factory by giving them up to 6,980 yuan. There’s also a referral bonus for current workers who can get 1,000 yuan if their referrals are hired. Meanwhile, these referrals could earn more if they are hired during a peak season and stay for four months. The report says it can give these workers a 7,000 yuan bonus.

The hiring reflects the huge load China is still handling in terms of iPhone manufacturing and order from Apple. However, this will soon change, with Indian factories expected to take some of these loads off the shoulders of Chinese factories. India currently produces 7% of iPhones globally, but Apple plans to increase the number to 18% in the next two years or by 2025. This will start with iPhone 15 line, which will be handled by the Winstron factory in India. As Firstpost noted, it will manufacture the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models for iPhone, while the Tata Group (which now owns the factory) is set to cover 5% of iPhone productions globally in the future. This will soon affect Foxconn’s 70% share of iPhone production and shipments globally.

In related news, Apple issued a stocking order for the iPhone 15 in July. Two new Chinese assembly plants also joined the preparation of the first iPhone 15 batch. This is reportedly part of Apple’s plan to prevent the same issues it encountered during the release of the iPhone 14 line, which resulted in long waiting lines among customers.


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