Follow Us

We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

Foxconn pledges to increase wages in China

Electronics assembly firm to bump pay by up to a quarter

Article comments

Apple supplier Foxconn Technology announced last week that it had raised wages for its assembly line workers in China by 16 to 25 percent, as the company faces public scrutiny for its working conditions at its factories.

A prominent activist group however said the wages at Foxconn are still too low.

For workers in Shenzhen, a major manufacturing base for Foxconn, the increase raises monthly salaries to between 2200 yuan (£220) and 2500 yuan. Previously, monthly salaries for Foxconn's Shenzhen workers were at 1800 yuan (£180).

Foxconn, which implemented the wage hike on February 1, noted that its worker salaries had already exceeded the Shenzhen government's mandated minimum monthly wage requirement of 1500 yuan. Three quarters of Foxconn's assembly line workforce in Shenzhen are currently receiving wages of more than 2200 yuan, the company added.

Foxconn announced the wage increases as the company's factories in China undergo an investigation by the Fair Labor Association (FLA), a labor rights group. Apple joined the FLA last month, and asked the group to audit its largest suppliers.

Despite Foxconn's wage increase announcement, the employees monthly salaries are still too low, said Debby Chan, a project officer with labour watchdog group Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior. On top of their regular working hours, many of Foxconn's employees will also do overtime work, adding an additional 60 hour to 80 hours to their work month, she said.

Foxconn workers' salaries also vary by location, Chan said. In the city of Zhengzhou, new Foxconn workers make an average monthly salary of 1,350 yuan, she said. "After the wage increase, it will be 1650 yuan," she said. "I think Foxconn is playing with the numbers."

Foxconn, one of the world's largest electronic manufacturers, also supplies companies including Dell, Sony and Microsoft. The company has faced repeated negative publicity for its alleged harsh working conditions.

In 2010, a string of suicides, involving employees jumping off buildings, prompted Apple to investigate. Last May, an explosion at a Foxconn factory in Chengdu, China, also led to three deaths and more than a dozen other injuries.


More from Techworld

More relevant IT news


Send to a friend

Email this article to a friend or colleague:

PLEASE NOTE: Your name is used only to let the recipient know who sent the story, and in case of transmission error. Both your name and the recipient's name and address will not be used for any other purpose.

Techworld White Papers

Choose – and Choose Wisely – the Right MSP for Your SMB

End users need a technology partner that provides transparency, enables productivity, delivers...

Download Whitepaper

10 Effective Habits of Indispensable IT Departments

It’s no secret that responsibilities are growing while budgets continue to shrink. Download this...

Download Whitepaper

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving

Enterprise information archiving is contributing to organisational needs for e-discovery and...

Download Whitepaper

Advancing the state of virtualised backups

Dell Software’s vRanger is a veteran of the virtualisation specific backup market. It was the...

Download Whitepaper

Techworld UK - Technology - Business

Innovation, productivity, agility and profit

Watch this on demand webinar which explores IT innovation, managed print services and business agility.

Techworld Mobile Site

Access Techworld's content on the move

Get the latest news, product reviews and downloads on your mobile device with Techworld's mobile site.

Find out more...

From Wow to How : Making mobile and cloud work for you

On demand Biztech Briefing - Learn how to effectively deliver mobile work styles and cloud services together.

Watch now...

Site Map

* *