Foxconn is on the look out for 20,000 workers to help with development of the iPhone 5, as reports The China Daily News. The an insider from the factory in Taiyuan, Northern China, told the team; “As long as they meet the basic standards, (we’ll) take as many as possible” and that Foxconn produces approximately 85% of Apple’s total order of iPhone 5’s, around 57 million units per year. As reported by M.I.C Gadget.
New employees at the Northern China plant can expect to be paid around 1,550 yuan (US$245) per month, increasing to 1,800 yuan (US$285) per month after three months of employment. With any bonuses and overtime included, this can increase to between 2,200 and 3,500 yuan (us$345 – $550) per month.
Unfortunately for the factory, a manager at Foxconn has confirmed to the Chinese newspaper that some of its current workers have downed tools and have gone on strike. The actual details of why this is are a little blurry, but it seems that employees were promised a raise ahead of iPhone 5 production and this did not come to fruition. The factory is in talks with the workers on strike.
The iPhone 5 is expected to be released around October time, in-line with when the iPhone 4S was launched last year. Rumours have already started, the latest being the possibility of a design change to a new “micro dock” connector, possibly a micro-USB. Another being a 4.6-inch display on the device and the probably most believable being that the phone will include 4G LTE like its big brother the new iPad.
The video below shows the workers at the Taiyuan Foxconn plant on strike: