Foxconn needs 100,000 more workers at its Zhengzhou iPhone plant

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With workers fleeing conditions at the Zhengzhou iPhone plant, and new recruitment falling far behind needs, Chinese state media says Foxconn has only two-third of the workforce it needs.

A Foxconn facility
A Foxconn facility


The number of employees at Foxconn rises and falls dramatically across the year as demand for iPhone production peeks in the August/September months. This year, however, workers have been fleeing conditions at the main Zhengzhou facility .

That's despite Foxconn stepping up bonuses, and also despite it starting its annual recruitment drive two months early at Apple's request. It's also in part caused by how China's stringent COVID measures have at times locked down the factory, leading to Apple admitting delays.

Now, according to the South China Morning Post, Chinese state media is reporting that Foxconn needs 100,000 more workers in order to resume full production capacity at Zhengzhou.

Chinese authorities are already asking ex-military retirees to join the factory, and is conducting other recruiting efforts. The South China Morning Post says that these are proving ineffective, however, giving as an example a recruitment drive in Taikang county, near the factory.

Reportedly Taikang has 1.5 million residents, and recruiters have aimed to get 10,000 workers from the region. However, they have so far recruited only 2,000.

It's estimated that Foxconn's Zhengzhou plant has around 200,000 workers, so the required extra 100,000 mean it is running at a third under capacity.

Partly because of the Chinese state coronavirus measures, Foxconn has been increasing iPhone production -- and employment -- at its plant in India. It's not known whether that increase is sufficient to compensate for the shortfall in China.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    But have you tried paying them and having better working conditions?
    darkvaderJaphey
  • Reply 2 of 8
    darkvaderdarkvader Posts: 1,146member
    No, Foxconn needs to shut it down and move out of China.
    bonobob
  • Reply 3 of 8
    badmonkbadmonk Posts: 1,265member
    300,000 employees involved in production at a single facility is what it takes Foxconn to produce their portion of Apple products, including the production of over 200 million iPhones a year??!  It staggers the imagination and why even small changes in packaging, cables, earbuds and chargers makes such a huge difference.

    Would love to see it operation but please let me out when it gets to be too much.

    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 8
    darkvader said:
    No, Foxconn needs to shut it down and move out of China.
    BS!
  • Reply 5 of 8
    chadbagchadbag Posts: 1,993member
    darkvader said:
    No, Foxconn needs to shut it down and move out of China.
    Probably the first time I have generally agreed with DV. However, you can’t do it all at once and in a rash manner.  
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 8
    chadbag said:
    darkvader said:
    No, Foxconn needs to shut it down and move out of China.
    Probably the first time I have generally agreed with DV. However, you can’t do it all at once and in a rash manner.  
    Why do you both still using iPhone Made in China? Won't you both throw up while holding a product by a country you hate so much? 
  • Reply 7 of 8
    larryjwlarryjw Posts: 1,031member
    If the 300,000 is accurate, how many still think the iPhones can be assembled in the US? No chance. 

    Tim Cook said years ago that Apple wouldn't be able to hire that many US employees no matter how long they had. 

    The scale at which China is able to support their economy is quite mind-boggling. 

    It's been just a couple of years since Covid hit, and I still remember China building and opening several new hospitals in a matter of days. 
    edited November 2022 watto_cobraFileMakerFeller
  • Reply 8 of 8
    jkichline said:
    But have you tried paying them and having better working conditions?
    In the early days of the COVID-19 virus spreading through the US, workers in meat processing plants were declared "essential workers" and ordered to attend work regardless of their personal fears about infection and without any mandated safety measures in place.

    In China, workers concerned about their personal health are not being forced back into the factory.

    I'm not so sure your implied assertion carries any weight.
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