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Apple suppliers manufacturing the iPhone 13 models are struggling to hire enough workers ahead of the expected launch of new devices in September, according to the South China Morning Post.

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In an attempt to attract workers to meet demand for the iPhone 13 lineup, Apple suppliers in China are significantly raising their starter bonuses. Foxconn's factory in Zhengzhou, which is estimated to manufacture around 80 percent of the world's iPhones, has raised its new hires bonus to a record high of 10,200 yuan (U.S. $1,578).

Likewise, Lens Technology has doubled its bonus 5,000 yuan in February to 10,000 yuan in May, while Luxshare Precision's factory in Guangdong has doubled its internal referral bonus from 2,500 yuan in April to 5,000 yuan in May, with a top-up bonus of 3,800 yuan for returning workers who previously left the company.

Over the past three years, Apple has added more new suppliers from mainland China to its vendor list than any other country, but simultaneously the growth of China's labor force has peaked as factory jobs have started to lose their appeal and more workers move out of industrial labor, leading to companies having to lure in workers with more attractive pay packages.

The current aggressive hiring spree seeks to combat increasingly ramped-up production for the iPhone 13 models, which are believed to be on track for launch late next month.

Article Link: Apple Suppliers Struggling to Hire Enough Workers Ahead of iPhone 13 Launch
 
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trifero

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I wonder what improvements will have to be sure of such a high demand.
 
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nvmls

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Oh no worries, they can push for 996 man labor framework in the US plants.

"Skills" said Timmey the underpaid human savior.
 
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BlueMoose

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Apple should really be spending its money on hiring hundreds or thousands of engineers to come up with ways to turn iPhone production into a fully automated process that requires little or no human interventions. say, 1 human employee to supervise over fully automatic machines that can assemble 762,000 iPhone 13 every 11-hour shift.
 

Jdalbo

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Geez never seen this type of hit piece before, usually same time every year. Sound the alarm Apple won't be able to build enough phones.......Stock price backs up.
 

Shirasaki

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Considering the region we are talking about, those bonuses are tiny compared to daily rent fee, food, transport etc. They should’ve doubled that bonus listed here and maybe a bit more.
 
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sw1tcher

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In an attempt to attract workers to meet demand for the iPhone 13 lineup, Apple suppliers in China are significantly raising their starter bonuses. Foxconn's factory in Zhengzhou, which is estimated to manufacture around 80 percent of the world's iPhones, has raised its new hires bonus to a record high of 10,200 yuan (U.S. $1,578).

Likewise, Lens Technology has doubled its bonus 5,000 yuan in February to 10,000 yuan in May, while Luxshare Precision's factory in Guangdong has doubled its internal referral bonus from 2,500 yuan in April to 5,000 yuan in May, with a top-up bonus of 3,800 yuan for returning workers who previously left the company.
Paltry bonuses. Meanwhile...

 

mrfixer

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Paltry bonuses. Meanwhile...

Tim Cook does not control what suppliers pay their employees.
 

leon44

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This is part of the problem with offshoring manufacturing to 'third world' areas.

They very often don't have the infrastructure to support their society, which is part of the reason they get to make the toys we can't live without. It's expensive to provide support for the environment, and your citizens. This country is facing some of that same issue with the meat packing plants, which are super spreaders.

There has to be a balance between dogma and humanity. Well, *should* be a balance.

I wonder how great the world would be if these companies had to pay the prevailing wage in their 'home country' to all of their workers in third world countries. Well, maybe not so great, but it would raise their standard of living. (And create a lot more issues, I'm sure)

I think you underestimate China. They can't find staff because the job market is currently working in the employee's interests; standards of living and salaries are booming (similar labour shortage in US and EU btw). This $1,578 starting bonus is for a low-skilled factory job.

This is largely *because of* what you might think of as Apple's 'exploitation' of China, not in-spite of it.
 
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Saladin12

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Apple should really be spending its money on hiring hundreds or thousands of engineers to come up with ways to turn iPhone production into a fully automated process that requires little or no human interventions. say, 1 human employee to supervise over fully automatic machines that can assemble 762,000 iPhone 13 every 11-hour shift.
Can’t tell if serious or not but I’ll bite. Do you really support businesses automating processes at the cost of employees!?
 
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