Hon Hai’s Foxconn launches huge recruitment drive in Shenzhen to fill massive Apple order, up to 90,000 employees sought

“Hon Hai Group, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, has started recruiting new workers for its Shenzhen production complex, one of the sites where it assembles iPhones and iPads for Apple Inc., sources in the Apple supply chain said Saturday,” CNA reports. “The sources said Hon Hai, the world’s largest contract electronics maker, needs additional staff to deal with large orders from Apple for a new version of the iPhone. The company will require as many as 90,000 new employees at its Shenzhen complex in Guangdong Province to fill the massive orders from Apple, the sources said.”

CNA reports, “Hon Hai has completed testing for the assembly of the new iPhone and is well prepared to begin production, according to the source… Apart from Shenzhen, Hon Hai’s production plants for Apple products are located in other Chinese cities such as Zhengzhou in Henan Province, Taiyuan in Shanxi Province, and Chengdu in Sichuan Province. Earlier this month, the Chinese media reported the Hon Hai’s Zhengzhou plant, which makes iPhones and iPads, had launched a recruitment drive.”

“Market analysts said Apple orders are expected to account for about 40 percent of Hon Hai’s total sales for 2013, and 20-25 percent of the Taiwanese company’s revenue for the year,” CNA reports. “Driven by the launch of new iPhones and iPads, Hon Hai’s sales growth momentum is expected to accelerate in the second half of this year and become more evident in the fourth quarter due to the peak season effects, analysts said.”

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    1. There’s something wrong with the numbers being reported.

      The article says “90,000 NEW employees”, but the most optimistic projections for the December quarter are 60 Million iPhones.

      Just factoring the NEW employees works out to ONE iPhone produced per HOUR per NEW EMPLOYEE.

      There is nothing modern about production efficiencies of that kind. Foxconn is nothing if not modern and efficient. My guess is that Foxconn is increasing its workforce to a TOTAL of 90,000 employees (although I think that number may be high).

      1. @greggthurman – “My guess is that Foxconn is increasing its workforce to a TOTAL of 90,000 employees (although I think that number may be high).”

        You are not in touch with reality. During the 6 months surrounding the launch of a new iPhone, Foxconn employs more than 500,000 workers in plants assembling iPhones and iPads.  If Apple launches a budget iPhone, Foxconn will need more than 90,000 additional employees.

        The article cited here mentions not only the 90,000 but also says that “Earlier this month, the Chinese media reported the Hon Hai’s Zhengzhou plant, which makes iPhones and iPads, had launched a recruitment drive.”

        Earlier articles have reported that Pegatron — another iPhone assembler and a Foxconn competitor — is hiring 45,000 more workers for its plants.

  1. I hear they have some pretty stringent requirements. Many of us wouldn’t be able to qualify for those jobs. No one over 35, not tattoos, certain ethnic groups are not eligible, no pregnant persons of any gender, no funky hair, no short people, no fat people.

    1. Sounds like free-range capitalism. Look how you can optimize your workforce when you are free of all those silly bureaucratic constraints like labor laws and unemployment compensation. And when you’re done with them, send them back to the farm so they can make more workers. Go China.

  2. Apple sure has a lot of blood and human suffering on their iPhone product. And they certainly have a lot of money to prove it. Undercover photos and video were taken on a Chinese iPhone factory.

    “The video shows work rules that ban tattoos, died hair, short people and certain ethnic groups from the factories.

    It also shows exhausted workers sleeping on the floor, using buckets to wash in, squalid communal showers rigged in parking garages, and a disgusting, unclean urinal.

    The film also shows that Apple’s contract workers are all very young — CLW (Chinese Labor Watch) alleges there is a ban on workers over 35.”

    Allow it to soak into your bones.

    1. Not that these conditions are right (by western standards), but if you have travelled China you would know that these conditions are the NORM, as in, not considered unusual. You do NOT see people staying away because of these conditions.

      If you have travelled older neighborhoods of China you would find the same conditions in the homes. It is only where western investment monies are being spent that conditions are improving, and like every society since man first stood up, the wealthiest get the improvements first.

      1. You talk as if from experience, yes; of course yes. How many trips to China during scouting trips did it take to get you desensitize, dehumanized even, to their reality?

        This is what you call improvements by western investments? How many Chinese millionaires and even billionaires have been created at the expense of Chinese slaves, American jobs and America’s economy? I guess the black slaves in America was also their NORM as our Christian founding fathers ruled over them.

        Indeed, since the beginning of civilization, the wealthy have always exploited the poor, maintained them poor and hid them, if not with a whip then with religion and politics. Just look at America today especially in the south.

        China today, America then; how little we traveled.

    1. No, no. The Chinese government is encouraging capitalism. They just left the varnish off, so you can see what it really looks like. No government interference or excessive regulation here. We should be more like them.

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