Hong Kong / Beijing
More than 100,000 people signed up for a massive recruitment drive by Foxconn, Apple’s supplier The largest iPhone manufacturer in China, according to Chinese state media.
The hiring spree comes at a time when Apple
(AAPL) It faces significant supply chain constraints at its assembly facility located in central China’s Zhengzhou city and expects iPhone 14 shipments hit Just Such as The main holiday shopping season begins.
“The quota has finally been met. The recruitment process is now temporarily closed,” said Yang Han, a Foxconn executive in Zhengzhou. Yicai State News Agency Thursday.
The news comes after the Covid-19 outbreak last month forced the site to close, sending some worried factory workers fleeing.
Videos of several people leaving Zhengzhou, the capital of central Henan Province, on foot, went viral on Chinese social media earlier in November, forcing Foxconn to ramp up action to get its employees back.
In an effort to limit the fallout, the company said it did so Quadruple your daily rewards For factory workers this month.
“It was really hard,” Yang reportedly added. Foxconn can overcome the labor shortage this time, [and] We have our government to thank.”
In the past few days, the Chinese authorities have also taken the unusual step of inviting some community officials and veterans to intervene in the Foxconn facility.
According to a recruitment notice released Tuesday by the Bureau of Veterans Affairs in Changge, another city in Henan Province, officials called on retired military personnel to “take the initiative to participate” in the “return to work.”
“Due to the change in epidemic prevention and control policies, there is a shortage of production workers in Zhengzhou Foxconn,” the bureau wrote in a post on its official WeChat account.
He called veterans “an important resource of human talent,” and urged them to “heed the government’s call to work at Foxconn.”
Earlier this week, another Foxconn manager said China Newsweeka state-supported magazine, reported that the factory was short of about 100,000 workers.
Foxconn did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.
Some local governments in Henan also recently asked community officials to join the production line themselves, according to multiple Chinese media reports.
Many of these unidentified officials, Also known colloquially as “local officials” or “cadres,” according to state media. Caillian Press Tuesday that they were asked to work on the Zhengzhou campus from one to six months.
China’s state-run Global Times confirmed in a newspaper editorial Some community officials have already started working there.
Zhengzhou is the largest iPhone assembly site in the world. This typically represents about 50% to 60% of Foxconn’s global iPhone assembly capacity, according to Mirko Wojciek, global director of intelligence solutions at Everstream, a provider of supply chain risk analytics.
apple to caution of supply chain disruptions, saying customers will feel an impact.
“We now expect lower shipments of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max than we previously expected,” the tech giant said in a statement. statement earlier this month. “Customers will experience longer waiting times to receive their new products.”
in the United States , Waiting time These models currently have 34 days, according to a report by UBS.
— Deeksha Madhok contributed to this report.
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