For the upcoming “peak” manufacturing period, Pegatron’s iPhone manufacturing hub increased its recruitment bonus and the “rebate” was hiked from RMB 5,500 ($850 USD) to RMB 8500 ($1,312 USD). The 54% increase is supposed to help the manufacturer meet the demand for additional workers on the iPhone 13 lines from manpower companies that match those seeking work with companies seeking workers.
Pegatron also increased the bonuses it pays for new workers hired off of a recommendation from a current Pegatron employee or someone who was recruited and hired by the company itself. Under those scenarios, the employee referral bonus is RMB 1,800 ($278), and the direct recruitment bonus is RMB 2,500 ($386 USD). For those recruited to work at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou Plant, the internal recommendation bonus is RMB 6,000 ($926 USD) with a 5,400 RMB ($833 USD) resignation bonus.
The Foxconn bonus numbers are much higher than what the assembler offered last month. And a resignation bonus, for those who were wondering, is how much a company will pay a worker to leave the firm in order to reduce a bloated head count, for example.
Last year it was reported that assembly line workers putting in six day work weeks could make RMB 5,000 to 6,000 ($772 USD to $926 USD) each week.