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[February 20, 2013]
Telecoms Apple's partner stops hiring workers in China
(Guardian (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn Technology Group has frozen hiring at a Shenzhen plant that makes the iPhone 5 and stopped recruiting for other factories across China, but said the move was not linked to any client.
Foxconn sought to deny a Financial Times report that it had imposed a hiring freeze while it slows production of Apple's latest smartphone.
"Due to an unprecedented rate of return of employees following the Chinese New Year holiday compared to years past, our company has decided to temporarily slow down our recruitment process," the company said. "This action is not related to any single customer and any speculation to the contrary is false and inaccurate." Foxconn relies on migrant labourers across the country, who journey home for the most important holiday of the year. Many do not make it back to work, but Foxconn spokesman Louis Woo said this year up to 97% of employees returned.
Apple sold 47.8m iPhones, fewer than expected, in the final 2012 quarter, fanning fears of a decline. Reuters Taipei (c) 2013 Guardian Newspapers Limited.
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