jobs directly attributable to the iOS ecosystem1
European jobs created at other companies as a result of Apple’s spend and growth2
Apple employees in Europe
With more than 1.4 million apps, the App Store has created an entirely new industry: iOS app design and development.
Since we ignited the app revolution in 2008, roughly 530,000 jobs have been created in Europe that are directly attributable to the iOS ecosystem. Of the more than $25 billion developers have earned from App Store sales worldwide, $7.5 billion has been paid to European developers.
This job growth for coders, developers, entrepreneurs and others would not have existed without Apple’s innovation and technology. We also provide app developers with the tools and distribution they need to bring their best ideas to hundreds of millions of iOS customers worldwide through the incredible App Store.
jobs directly attributable to the iOS ecosystem
members of Apple’s paid developer programme
billion in App Store income earned by Europe‑based developers
The App Store has opened up enormous opportunities for European developers by enabling them to bring their apps to millions of customers around the world. The incredible growth of the app economy has also spawned hundreds of thousands of jobs that did not exist before.
“The App Store has provided Top10 with an amazing platform to reach millions of customers across the world instantly. Since launching on the App Store, we have seen a doubling of hotel searches, and it is now enabling us to launch in new markets across the world much more quickly than was possible on the web alone. From a small base in London, we’re building a global business. The App Store has enabled us to grow our team and revenue, and is unrivalled in helping UK startups like us get an edge in competitive markets.”
- Harry Jones, Co-Founder, Top10
“Without the App Store, I wouldn’t have the foundation I needed to turn a game I created as a hobby into an extremely successful business that competes on a global scale. Plague Inc. is one of the most successful paid mobile games ever, and we are now a growing company with five full-time employees, a central London office, over 25 million customers worldwide and a significant revenue stream. I’m immensely proud of what we have achieved so far, and we have some hugely exciting plans for the future.”
- James Vaughan, Founder, Ndemic Creations
The number of Apple jobs based in Europe has grown substantially over the past decade to more than 18,000. These jobs require people with a wide variety of skills — including sales, supply chain and risk management, operations, manufacturing and customer service.
Customers who need service or support can contact Apple online or by phone, and the vast majority of our customer support calls that originate in Europe are handled by people in Europe.
Apple employees in Europe
Europe-based Advisors and customer service employees supporting AppleCare
European countries with full‑time Apple employees
Apple is proud to have been doing business in Cork, Ireland since 1980. We have grown our workforce to over 4,000 employees, who serve our customers through sales, distribution, manufacturing, tech support and other critical functions. These employees play an important part in Apple’s success and continued growth in Ireland.
Apple is Cork’s largest private employer, the senior management are Irish, and most have been with Apple for over two decades.
Apple’s more than €100 million investment in Cork since 2012 has supported over 2,500 additional jobs locally, providing services such as facilities, catering, security, recruitment, printing, fulfilment and maintenance.
We are thrilled to continue expanding in Cork with our new facility. The building is in the process of being certified with the “Excellent” rating according to BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), the leading international standard for best practice in sustainable building.
Solar panels and installations for rainwater harvesting on the roof.
Highly efficient “active facades”, two layers of glass help to naturally control the interior temperature.
Smart lighting system, technology that automatically adapts to the environment, and natural brightening.
Europe is home to some of our most important suppliers. These companies play a significant role in our ability to deliver amazing products, services and experiences to our customers around the world every day. They are also major contributors in their countries, including such areas as manufacturing, materials and assembly.
suppliers based in Europe
European countries providing parts, materials or equipment for Apple products
German manufacturer Seele creates the glass Apple uses in retail stores and other buildings across five continents. With over 1,000 employees, the company is widely recognised for having some of the best engineering talent and most advanced aluminium, steel and glass fabrication in the world. Seele has worked with Apple on more than 60 stores, including the iconic glass cube design of the Fifth Avenue store in New York. Seele is also providing glass and design work for the amazing Apple Campus 2 under construction in Cupertino. Since Apple began working with Seele in 2001, the partnership has pushed glass fabrication and design to an entirely new level, including advancements that have made it possible to create glass panels in sizes never before produced.
Headquartered in Reutlingen, Germany, Manz AG helps enable the incredibly fine-tuned alloy and glass cutting necessary to create Apple’s seamless product enclosures. Their equipment has been a key contributor to Apple’s breakthrough in display technology. When Apple first began working with Manz, they were primarily focused on the solar industry. By partnering with Apple, Manz was able to develop new capabilities and grow their business to serve the consumer technology market. Today, Manz is a global company with 2,000 employees, and manufacturing and R&D operations across six countries.
Berlin Retail Restoration
Many of Europe’s most memorable Apple Stores are located in historic buildings that have been meticulously restored to reflect their former glory. Some of these buildings endured decades of neglect. Apple employs local artisans, vendors and contractors who understand the materials and architectural period details. For many of its stores, Apple works painstakingly to restore buildings in a way that honours the rich heritage of the locations where we operate.
For our store on the Ku’damm in Berlin, we sourced the original Kirchheimer Muschelkalk stone from a quarry near Kirchheim. The stone was installed by Gebauer, a multi-generational family business based in Berlin. The interior’s signature charred plaster works were done by Ettenheim’s Marko GmbH.
For nearly 100 years, Bennett has been building large-scale projects delivering some of the most technologically advanced construction services in the world. Bennett helped build Apple’s Cork campus and is overseeing the current expansion and renovation of a number of projects on the campus.
We wanted to create one of the few BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) “Excellent” sustainable buildings in Ireland, and Bennett’s expertise has been instrumental in achieving that. The new Cork facility features environmentally friendly capabilities such as renewable energy solar panels, rainwater harvesting, twin wall facades, enhanced insulation, energy-efficient heating and cooling, and smart lighting systems.
‘MEMS’ Manufacturing and Development
Many of the Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) in Apple products are designed and manufactured in Europe. Measured in microns, MEMS components help power the sensors and audio capabilities that make our devices simple and intuitive to use. Our work with European partners has led to significant advancements in the accelerometers, gyroscopes, microphones and embedded sensors found in our products. The manufacturing and sourcing associated with these components has resulted in thousands of jobs at multiple locations in France, Germany, Italy, Malta and Switzerland.
There are over 590 Apple Premium Resellers across Europe that offer the complete range of Apple products — Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod, plus a full complement of software and accessories — so customers can find everything they need in one place that is devoted exclusively to Apple.
Each Apple Premium Reseller employs a varying number of people. Taking a conservative estimate of four employees per store means that an additional 2,360 people are employed in Apple-related retail stores.
- App economy jobs and economic contributions are based on direct jobs attributable to the iOS platform according to research by VisionMobile, ‘EU App Economy 2015’, February 2015.
- Analysis Group analysed Apple’s impact on the European job market and economy by using information on the total amount Apple spent on goods and services in Europe in 2014, and applying that information to Type-1 employment multipliers calculated based on data from the European Systems of Accounts (Eurostat). The chosen bill-of-goods approach, which relies on a detailed breakdown of Apple’s purchases from input suppliers, improves the accuracy of the estimates compared to traditional methods typically used in economic impact studies. These numbers do not include any additional jobs that have resulted from the increased spending of individuals and households whose income is directly or indirectly tied to Apple’s economic activity.
Overall European jobs data for Apple reflects EU member countries and Norway and Switzerland. Apple developer programme figures reflect EU member countries plus Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Norway and Switzerland. Page updated February 2015.