Apple has increased the manufacturing of its iPhones in India by 7 percent in the last two years. With this, Apple has created over 1 lakh jobs in India, according to details revealed by Rajeev Chandrashekhar, Minister of State, Electronics, and IT.
The minister told that most of the workers that have been hired are women. The cited source says 72 percent of women between the age of 19 to 24 years work for the company. These are also the workers who have just started their careers and improving their skills by taking such jobs to support their families financially.
Apple has three vendors in India that assemble its iPhones – Foxconn, Pegatron, and Wistron. Out of these three, Foxconn has employed about 30,000 women workers. The component suppliers for Apple’s ecosystem, like Tata, Jabil, Avery, and Salcomp are also playing some role in offering jobs to many women. Jabil has around 4,200 women workforce out of 7,000 workers. The average age of most women is 21 years and they are mostly first-time employees.
Bloomberg recently reported that Apple has plans to start 25 percent of iPhone manufacturing in India by the year 2025. Back in 2021, it was about 1 percent and the current number is 7 percent, which is not surprising as Apple has tripled its production rate in India in the past few years. It is being said that 2023 iPhones are expected to be released from India at the same time as the China models. The cited source claimed that Apple’s vendors so far have about 60,000 workers in India.
It is worth highlighting that Apple manufactures several devices in India, including iPhone 11, iPhone 12, iPhone 13, iPhone 14, and AirPods. Besides, it has been reported that Tata Sons will acquire Taiwanese firm Wistron’s existing plant near Bengaluru, which will not only give a big boost to India’s economy but also make it the first homegrown production company for Apple devices. Tata Sons is said to seal the deal for around Rs 5,000 crore.