iPhone manufacturer Foxconn offers rewards for hiring new personnel.

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Following instability at the largest iPhone production in the world, Apple supplier Foxconn is stepping up its recruitment efforts.

Employees will earn a 1,000 yuan ($141; £117) reward for successfully referring a friend or family member to work at the company’s Zhengzhou, China, plant.

It happens after video of irate protests at the factory that went viral online last week.

Apple has issued a warning that Covid restrictions will cause a delay in the delivery of its new iPhone 14.

Employees at Foxconn who recommend a new hire will receive 500 yuan if the applicant stays on staff for 15 days. According to a post discovered by the BBC on the well-known messaging platform WeChat, they will receive an additional 500 yuan if the hire stays in the position for a full month.

Following protests at the factory in the city of Zhengzhou over Covid restrictions and claims of overdue pay, Foxconn apologized last month for a “technical error” in its payment system.

The announcement came after social media videos surfaced of hundreds of workers squabbling with security personnel.

After a Covid outbreak forced staff to go into lockdown at the Foxconn facility at the end of October, video posted online showed people jumping a fence outside the building.

The business then hired new personnel by promising them large bonuses.

The BBC was informed by one employee that these contracts had been altered so they “could not get the subsidy promised” and that they had also been quarantined without food.

Before the holiday shopping season, some analysts have cautioned that the protests and Covid lockdowns had significantly impacted output in “iPhone City.”

According to Dan Ives of the investment firm Wedbush Securities, “What started out a month ago as 3% iPhone 14 Pro shortages grew to 5% last week and are now about 10%+ of overall units with the potential to increase over the coming month depending on any production improvements from Foxconn.”

Apple has warned of delays in the delivery of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max despite not providing a specific estimate of the impact of the problems at the Zhengzhou plant.

The number of new Covid-19 infections reported by China’s National Health Commission for Wednesday was 36061, down from the 37 828 new cases reported on Tuesday.

China’s economic growth is suffering as a result of the nation’s zero-COvid policy and a slowdown in the global economy.

In November, manufacturing activity in the second-largest economy in the world declined more than forecast. According to the most recent official data released on Wednesday, the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) decreased to 48 from 49.2 in October.