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Apple supply chain creates thousands of jobs in India
Jingyue Hsiao and Judy Lin, DIGITIMES, Taipei 0

The Apple supply chain's shift of operation to India, in line with the incentives provided by the Indian government, has reportedly created around 20,000 job opportunities so far in the South Asian country.

The number could be higher were it not for the Covid-19 pandemic.

Manufacturers including Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron were all committed to creating certain numbers of job opportunities when they applied to enter the subsidies program under India's Production Linked Incentive (PLI), Digitimes has learned.

Indian media outlet Financial Express also reported that Foxconn and Wistron each have hired 7,500 workers in India since August 2020. The headcounts at Wistron's operation in India had been already approaching 10,000 when a riot by workers took place at its plant in December 2020, forcing the company to halt and restructure its systems and operations.

Other Apple suppliers such as Sunwoda Electronic, Foxlink and Salcomp, which have not been granted PLI qualification, have also hired a total of around 5,000 people in India, according to the Financial Express report, which concluded that the Apple supply chain have created 20,000 new jobs in India so far.

Pegatron plans to hire 6,000-7,000 workers in India by the end of March 2022. Pegatron India has not started operations yet as it only decided the location of it production site in India earlier this year.

But the Financial Express report was based on an Apple supplier list that has since been updated. If compared to the 2018 Apple supplier list, CCL Design and Salcomp have been removed from the 2020 list, while Jabil, Foxlink, Zhen Ding Technology, and Lingyi iTech Guangdong have been selected to produce products for Apple in India for the first time.

The number of Apple's suppliers operating in India increased to nine in 2020, up from six in 2018. The growth of headcounts hired by Apple suppliers will accelerate in sync with the number of suppliers shifting their supply chains to India. If Foxconn and Wistron successfully meet their hiring plans pledged in their PLI application, they will each be adding 23,000 people to their Indian operations by the end of March 2022.

The greatest challenge to the Apple suppliers' efforts to create job opportunities in India would be the pandemic. After the recent surge in COVID infections, many manufacturers have delayed their recruiting activities in the country, as workers have returned to their hometowns to escape COVID-19 and created a shortage of labor supply.

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