According to a report from Hong Kong, applicants in droves arrive at the world’s largest assembly center for Apple iPhones, where staff say it only takes a few hours to turn a young, unskilled migrant worker from rural China into a production. line operator.
A recruitment center at the sprawling Foxconn plant in central Zhengzhou, China, functions as a well-oiled machine that quickly processes people and connects them to Apple’s comprehensive global supply chain.
Outside such employment centers, hundreds of eager jobseekers wait in line – many healthy by train or bus, often with their luggage in tow – and expect their first night to be spent in a factory dormitory.
The bar for getting a job is quite low, and it is likely that disabled applicants between the ages of 1
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A young applicant in her early 20s says that she has never worked in a factory, after having trained as a nurse at a vocational school. But she decided to apply for a Foxconn job “just for fun,” adding that “I’m just tired of being a nurse.”
The need for Foxconn workers is almost insatiable before next week’s release of Apple’s iPhone 12, which is available for pre – order starting this Friday. Demand keeps the factory running 24/7. Analysts expect that the new phone, Apple’s first model with 5G mobile communication capability, will be a big seller that loyal iPhone users around the world upgrade.
Potential workers at this huge facility near the airport in the capital of Henan province know what they are getting into, as information on salaries and accommodation is published. One of the biggest selling points of a Foxconn job is that it gives new employees a bonus of 10,000 yuan (US $ 1,488) if they work at least 55 days during the first three months of employment.
Today, the Zhengzhou complex is one of the largest production facilities in all of China, helping to keep the country deeply embedded in the global supply chain. In any case, the Foxconn plant is the economic center of the surrounding area. And the huge population of young people with well-paid jobs has created a vibrant consumer society.
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Despite persistent talk of companies reducing their dependence on China by moving production to other markets such as India, or even moving production facilities to the United States, China remains the main production base for companies such as Foxconn. For more on this, read the full South China Morning Post (SCMP) report.
In another SCMP report today, they noted that over 2.3 million Chinese consumers have signed up for the US smartphone giant’s new handset series on major e-commerce sites. As of 10 a.m. on Friday, more than 1.5 million people had made reservations about buying iPhone 12 phones from the official Apple store on JD.com, a major e-commerce site in China. The standard iPhone 12 had over 737,000 user orders, while the iPhone 12 Pro had 390,000, according to the company’s information.
Contrary to the SCMP report which claimed that there has been a lukewarm reception on the iPhone 12, we reported on Wednesday that there were 6 billion messages on Weibo and ranked number one on Weibo that day.