Apple has been criticised for its labour practices for a number of years now, but the company’s latest employment figures show a slight increase in its workforce from September.
Apple’s unemployment rate has risen to 9.6 per cent from 9.1 per cent, according to its latest quarterly earnings report released yesterday.
The company announced a 9 per cent increase in payroll from July to September.
The increase in workforce comes after Apple added more than 1 million jobs in September, up from 1.8 million in the same period last year.
According to the company, Apple now has 6 million employees, up 18,000 from 6,000 in August.
It has also added more workers in the software development and marketing divisions, with the company announcing more than 500 new jobs in that field.
However, the overall employment figure fell by 0.2 per cent compared to the same quarter last year, with more people joining Apple’s other jobs and lower-paying jobs.
The biggest reason for the drop in employment was Apple’s decision to discontinue its mobile payments service, Apple Pay, due to poor demand.
The decision was due to be announced by the company in the next quarter, but Apple’s chief financial officer, Luca Maestri, has said that it will now be delayed until later in the year.