Apple on job creation in Europe, the future of the 'app economy'

Apple on job creation in Europe, the future of the 'app economy'

Summary: The iPad and iPhone maker says it has contributed to the creation of over 600,000 jobs in Europe, and the App Store is an element more important than you may think.

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Apple says it has created or contributed to 629,000 jobs across Europe, and over 500,000 of these roles represent the booming 'app economy.'

The tech giant released a plethora of new statistics on Wednesday, and says that out of 629,000 new jobs at Apple and at developers and businesses "supported" by the company, the App Store is responsible for hundreds of thousands of jobs which previously did not exist in the European economy.

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Apple says that the App Store has created an entirely new industry -- iOS app design and development -- and over 1.2 million apps are currently hosted by the store. In addition, over 75 billion app downloads have taken place since the launch of the App Store. According to the iPad and iPhone maker, $20 billion is earned by developers through App Store sales each year across the globe. In total, $6.5 billion is earned by European developers.

Apple says there are 280,500 members of the company's paid developer program across Europe, including 30,000 in France, 20,900 in Italy and 61,100 in the United Kingdom.

The firm estimates that the overall "app economy" will contribute $86 billion to worldwide GDP this year, and $16.5 billion of this amount will be enjoyed by European countries.

Apple accounts for 16,000 European staff directly -- ranging from sales and supply chain management to manufacturing -- and 6,000 in total focus on AppleCare customer service. In total, 19 European countries host Apple staff.

The company also estimates that over 20,000 iOS-related development jobs are available within the region.

Topics: Apple, Apps, iOS, iPhone, iPad

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  • sounds really rah-rah to me.

    Especially that 132,000 number and 116,000 number.

    Most likely the 116,000 is included in the 132,000.

    And almost certainly the 132,000 is included in the 497,000 number...

    No telling how much these numbers are describing the same job, with the result of inflating the totals.
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  • sounds really rah-rah to me.

    Especially that 132,000 number and 116,000 number.

    Most likely the 116,000 is included in the 132,000.

    And almost certainly the 132,000 is included in the 497,000 number...

    No telling how much these numbers are describing the same job, with the result of inflating the totals.
    jessepollard
    • five years ago

      no one was making money writing apps for phones. Now uncountable numbers of developers are.

      We know which vendor did - and which vendors didn't - come up with this model. We should allow some credit to be taken.
      Mac_PC_FenceSitter
      • He's upset.

        As it wasn't his vendor that came up with this model.

        As for iOS developers, I'm sure a lot of previously unemployed people are now earning a living thanks to Apple and the resrt.
        William.Farrel
        • "and the rest"

          wish someone would write an app that would stick an edit button back into this site.
          William.Farrel
  • I hope no one is actually learning anything from this comment but...

    Apple says, and *exclusively* says *whatever* makes Apple money.
    No matter how dishonest, underhanded, scheming, slimy, morbid, vile, disgraceful, nasty, manipulative, controversial, exploitative, corrupt or shameful.
    This is how Apple do. So when Apple says Apple helped Europe create jobs, I say "You shut your mouth and stick to putting pictures of apples on other people's ideas and pretending you thought of it first. I'll let the economists tell me about the economy."
    Naryan
    • Why so bitter!

      The vast majority of Apple customers are happier than most with the products and services they get for their money. It's is a win win win win. Customers are happy, developers are making money, people are finding jobs with Apple, and Apple is sustaining it's business. There is obviously a lot of value here all around. Geez!

      Honestly, it's sounds like you are simply jealous and spiteful of people's success.
      CowLauncher
      • Apple is not nice.

        How foolish to be taken in by trash talk. If Apples "employed" app makers so much money break it down. Lets see the truth. 30% commission on everything sold is that right?
        Altotus
  • Strange claims

    If this is an entire new industry, having it locked to Apple hardware makes it a monopoly. That's like asking regulators to get involved.
    Buster Friendly
    • Monopoly 101

      How can Apple be a monopoly when countless ZDNet posters claim it is a distant second compared to the Android juggernaut? Isn't a monopoly when there are no options?

      If only MacDonald's could sell hamburgers that would be a monopoly. But only they can sell a Big Mac, that exclusivity doesn't make them a monopoly.
      rfoto