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Monday 22 September 2014

App stores create one million jobs

Published 07/08/2014 | 00:00

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Irish workers at the Cork base make up a quarter of Apple's employees in Europe.

Almost one million jobs have been created in the European 'app economy', according to a new international report.

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Vision Mobile says 629,000 jobs in Europe are now directly dependent on developing apps for smartphones, tablets and PCs, while a further 300,000 jobs have been "indirectly" created as a result of app 
sales.

The report says that half of all app-related jobs are associated with Apple's iOS (iPhone and iPad) ecosystem. While there are far more Android phones than iPhones across Europe, iPhone apps are seen as more lucrative, the report says.

Meanwhile, Apple says that it has redistributed more than $6.5bn (€4.9bn) to software and app developers across Europe, which represents a third of what the company has redistributed to developers around the world to date.

It also says that Europe is home to 4,500 Apple suppliers, including several of the company's top 200 global suppliers. It says that this has created "thousands of jobs" in Switzerland, France, Italy, Austria, Germany and Malta.

The technology giant released figures yesterday showing that its Cork facility makes up a quarter of its overall European workforce with Apple's Cork base now employing 4,000 people, with a further 2,500 employed indirectly "in the local area".

Only the UK has more Apple employees than Ireland, although this is due to its 37 Apple retail stores, which employ an average of 100 retail staff per store.

The Cork office, which has been open since 1980 and was once primarily a manufacturing site, is Apple's only global corporate headquarters outside the US.

The majority working there are now engaged in non-manufacturing roles such as finance, supply chain management and customer support.

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