iPhone 12 production runs 24 hours a day, big bonuses for top workers

iPhone 12 production runs 24 hours a day, with big bonuses for top workers


Apple's relationship with Foxconn on the rocks
Tim Cook meeting with a member of the iPhone production line.
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Production is running full-tilt for the iPhone 12, the South China Morning Post reported Tuesday.

According to the publication, production is running 24 hours per day, with no vacations allowed and mandatory overtime. There are also “juicy bonuses” for employees who put in the time.

“You can earn 5,000 yuan to 6,000 yuan ($880) per month, and if you work at the factory for more than 90 days, there’s a handsome amount of special pay,” a 33-year-old who has worked at the factory for more than four years is quoted as saying.

5,000 or 6,000 yuan is not an enormous amount by any means. However, it’s significantly higher than the monthly minimum wage, which is 2,480 yuan. A person putting in the hours to build iPhones could therefore be making more than twice the minimum wage, although still slightly under the average monthly salary, across all jobs, in China’s biggest cities.

Employees can earn big bonuses

There are other ways to make money, though. According to today’s report, Foxconn offers a 10,000 yuan bonus for anyone who started after September 18, stays for 90 days and works at least 55 days. There is a bonus of 8,500 yuan for people who joined after September 26. Employees can also pick up an additional 500 yuan if they refer a new worker for a job.

All in all, it’s a pretty good way to pick up some decent cash — although, doubtless, the hours would be pretty grueling. The jobs are reportedly being promoted in local recruitment advertisements and media.

According to reports, Apple will host its iPhone event on October 13. In a series of tweets, Apple leaker Jon Prosser said the 5.4-inch iPhone (supposedly called the “iPhone 12 mini”) and the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 will ship to distributors on October 5. The larger iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max are reportedly delayed even longer.

This year’s iPhone refresh is expected to be one of Apple’s biggest in years. However, coming the same year as the coronavirus pandemic, production has been a challenge. This could help explain why the manufacturers offer such big incentives this year.

Source: SCMP


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