Scrutiny of working conditions results in more pay and better opportunity for training so as to 'set an example', they say.

Apple’s Chinese factories raise wages

Apple’s contract manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry aka Foxconn has reportedly increased the wages paid to factory workers by up to 25 per cent.

What looks like the result of increasing public awareness and media coverage of working conditions at Apple’s Chinese factories, a Reuters report says that an entry level position earns 1,800 yuan a month, up from 900 three years ago.

A statement by the company pointed out that wagers were already far higher than the local minimum wage and said that in addition to the wage increase the company would "provide more training opportunities and learning time" in order to "set a good example for the Chinese manufacturing industry."

It’s quite likely that a number of stakeholders have taken part in the move including Apple and the Chinese authorities given that Foxconn is something of a darling of the local industry, manufacturing as it does one of the world’s most iconic hardware products in Apple devices.

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