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Foxconn Technology Group is recruiting new workers as the sizable production of the iPhone 6 has begun, a recruitment agent for Foxconn's plants in Zhengzhou, Henan province said.
There are 210,000 employed at the Zhengzhou plant and a large-scale recruitment drive has been launched in several places across the country, a source familiar with the matter told Shanghai's First Financial Daily.
"The job vacancies on offer focus at the IDPBG division, which produces new mobile phones," the recruitment agent revealed to the paper, adding that the monthly base salary for a three-month probation period was 1,800 yuan (US$290), rising to 2,000 yuan (US$325) after the probation period.
Foxconn did not disclose details of its production plan. The company only told the paper that it was offering job vacancies at its Zhengzhou plant to meet seasonal demand.
It was very likely that the company was manufacturing for Apple's iPhone 6, which is scheduled to be rolled out in the second half of the year, the News stated.
It added that Apple had transferred part of it assembly orders to Taiwan's Pegatron, which is also very likely to manufacture Apple's low-budget iPhone products. Nevertheless, the mobile production volume at the Zhengzhou plant still touched over 32 million devices during the January to May period.
Apple's transfer of part of its orders has altered Foxconn's employment patterns. A familiar source told the paper that the total number of workers at Foxconn has dropped by a third, compared with the same period last year.
Traditionally, it should have been a busy season as Foxconn tried to meet the high demand for consumer electronic products during the Christmas season, said a source familiar with the matter.
On the other hand, Pegatron announced that it would also have additional job vacancies on offer during the back half of the year. The company now employs about 100,000 workers in China and is expected to boost that number by up to 40% during the next few months.
Foxconn also faced a downturn in the manufacturing sector due to its weakened employee strength.
The manufacturing giant has begun seeking other partners, instead of only working with worldwide top-tier brands, the source pointed out, adding that the company also added Firefox mobile phones and Letv to its production line.