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Employees during lunch at a Foxconn plant in Henan province, China on Jan. 6. China’s tech industry usually ramps up hiring in summer, but this year is different.   © Getty Images
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Tech suppliers in China skip seasonal hiring rush amid weak demand

Lack of usually lucrative temp work this summer also blamed on shifting supply chains

LAULY LI and CHENG TING-FANG, Nikkei Asia tech correspondents | China

TAIPEI -- Normally at this time of year, the manager of a speaker maker in Dongguan, China, says he is scrambling to recruit temporary workers for the traditional peak production season.

But this is far from a normal year. The Amazon supplier has not had to make any special recruitment efforts, and its hourly wage for temporary workers remains at 16 yuan ($2.19), the minimum basic rate for the area this year. 

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