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Foxconn pays higher rates for workers making Huawei handsets than iPhones

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Foxconn offers higher hourly rates for workers in Shenzhen at its Huawei production unit than its iPhone operation

Foxconn’s FIH unit manufactures handsets and electronics devices for Huawei and other smartphone firmsAlthough China remains its most important production centre, Apple has been diversifying its supply chain amid rising geopolitical tensionsHuaweiIris Dengin ShenzhenPublished: 7:00am, 15 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Foxconn Technology Group, one of Apple’s biggest suppliers, is offering higher rates for workers that make Huawei Technologies’ handsets in southern tech hub Shenzhen than those that make iPhones, according to recruitment posts and information from labour agencies.

Foxconn’s FIH unit, which makes Huawei smartphones and operates under a subsidiary previously known as Foxconn International Holdings, on Thursday was offering a 26 yuan (US$3.60) hourly rate for new workers at its factory in Shenzhen’s Longhua district, according to two recruitment agents. This is higher than the hourly rate of 21 yuan offered at Foxconn’s integrated Digital Product Business Group (iDPBG), which makes iPhones.

The FIH unit, which assembles handsets and various consumer electronics devices for Huawei and other smartphone firms, mainly serves Huawei these days, according to a report by local newspaper China Business News.

“The new hires will know what phone they are making after the factory allocates them to different teams based on current demand, but these days they have a higher chance of making handsets for Huawei,” an agent in Shenzhen surnamed Xu said.

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