The incentives and perks offered by the Indian Government and the Apple supply chain’s decision to shift their operation to India are reported to have created 20,000 new jobs in the country to date. Some reports by media companies also state that if it weren’t for the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of new Apple jobs created would have even been higher.
Major manufacturing companies like Foxconn, Wistron, and Pegatron applied to enter the subsidies program under India’s Production Linked Incentive (PLI) with the motive to create more job opportunities.
Suppose the companies including, Foxcoon and Wistron, abide by their hiring plans as mentioned in their PLI application; each will be adding 23,000 people to their Indian operations by the end of March 2022.
The number of Apple jobs offered is expected to increase in sync with the number of suppliers shifting their supply chains to India. Apple’s suppliers operating in India also increased from six in 2018 to nine in 2020.
The report further added that other than Apple offering jobs, Pegatron also plans to create more employment opportunities by hiring 6,000-7,000 workers in India by the end of March 2022.
The report also mentioned that when the worker riots took place in the Wistron plant in December 2020, the headcounts at the company operates in India were approaching 10,000.
With the Indian Government incentivizing companies to start domestically manufacturing products within India by initiating plans like the Make In India, Apple had said in March of 2021 that it would soon produce its flagship and environment-friendly iPhone 12 smartphone in India for the local customers.