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Apple to Add 500 New Jobs at European Headquarters in Ireland

RTÉ reports that Apple is making plans to add 500 more jobs at its European headquarters in Cork, Ireland, bringing the total headcount at the site to 3,300 as the company works to continue expansion of its business in the region.
The company plans to construct a three-storey office block next to its existing plant in the city to cater for the expansion of its business in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa.

Apple has been in Cork for 30 years and currently employs 2,800 people in the city.
Apple expects to add the new jobs over the next 18 months, and the move appears to be on top of plans for 350 jobs in downtown Cork announced less than a year ago.

The company's main campus in Cork was in the news earlier this week after Greenpeace activists scaled a building to protest Apple's use of coal-derived power at its data centers.

Apple of course continues to expand its workforce at and around its corporate headquarters in Cupertino, California, with the company snapping up a number of leases in the area to support the growth as it works toward building a new campus for up to 13,000 workers. The company is also expanding at its other primary employment hubs, currently working with governmental authorities on a plan to add 3,600 at its administrative and support center in Austin, Texas, doubling the size of its workforce there.

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26 months ago



Get the Irish to design and engineer their own products. Other then Guinness and hot chicks there isn't much coming out of there.


That is pretty insulting. We are a country of a little over 4.5 million people. We punch far above our weight in a global scale as it is. If we had another 350 million people , maybe then we would be in a better position to "design our own products". We actually have the best import to export ratio in the European Union.

As it is American multinational companies set up here , not just because our low corporation tax, but because our people are some of the most intelligent, friendly and hard working people in the developed world.
Rating: 18 Positives
26 months ago

Absolutely nothing beats american ingenuity, drive and determination.

The majority of positions could have easily been filled by American workers willing to work abroad and/or a large portion of those operations could have been conducted within the US, itself.

The point is a solution which keeps Americans employed and supports our infrastructure could have been explored and implemented.


And I suppose the rest of the world, Ireland included, doesn't have the right to be part of a global corporation. Yes, the US was at the forefront of the global recession, but it wasn't the only country affected by it. I commend apple for branching out and offering more jobs at a time when companies are still finding it difficult to run and keep its employees paid.

I'm fed up of these egotistical posts from our American counterparts, who feel as though the world should revolve around them. Yes, Apple is a US based company, but you are not it's only market and if there is demand and expertise elsewhere, why shouldn't a company expand its workforce overseas

/rantover. :o
Rating: 14 Positives
26 months ago

Then why does the EU want to drop you?

Your tax are low to bring multinational corporations to your shores. But the ridiculously low tax rates doesn't go to support your people. They only ones who benefit are the corporations and the kick backs to the politicians.

The smart Irish are the ones who came to the US to make a better life for themselves.


The rest of the EU doesn't want to drop Ireland, you ignoramus. They're currently doing just fine paying back the bailout at an interest rate that makes us money. They're the United Kingdom's greatest trade partner, and a veritable lifeline.

I suggest you check your egotism, xenophobia and downright ignorant attitude at the door before you post again, lest you're banned. Might I also kindly suggest you learn of America's role in the recession before hurling insults at countries struggling to cope with said recession.

America is a wonderful country that I've had the pleasure of visiting many times. Your attitude perpetuates a myth abroad that does your fellow countrymen a great disservice. I'll finish with reiterating my question; where have you visited that shaped the opinion you hold?
Rating: 13 Positives
26 months ago

Then why does the EU want to drop you?

Your tax are low to bring multinational corporations to your shores. But the ridiculously low tax rates doesn't go to support your people. They only ones who benefit are the corporations and the kick backs to the politicians.

The smart Irish are the ones who came to the US to make a better life for themselves.


Better life for themselves? We have one of the highest rankings for quality of life in the world. Yes times are tougher right now than they were 5 years ago, but it's no different anywhere else.

For someone like myself being a Computer Scientist graduate in the near future , Ireland is a fantastic place to be thanks to the amount of IT companies now in Ireland, whether they are Irish or not.
Rating: 13 Positives
26 months ago

Apple should be blasted in the media and given a black eye by the public.

I really hope the story plays out in mainstream media as "apple moves jobs overseas to avoid paying American wages and taxes."


Yes coz jobs that relates to running operations in Europe should stay here in the U.S., and should not be moved to Europe. That makes a lot of sense man. Thank you for your infinite wisdom.
Rating: 13 Positives
26 months ago

The smart Irish are the ones who came to the US to make a better life for themselves.


Have you ever actually BEEN to Ireland?

Their greatest treasure is the one they can't export. I'd pack up and move in a heartbeat if there were actually jobs available to US immigrants. Definitely one of the most beautiful countries I've ever seen... I feel bad for the Irish that HAD to leave. I was there for two weeks and was not ready to leave by the end of the trip.

I'm amazed there is no Apple store in Ireland though; with as tech-oriented as the country is becoming, having a Dublin presence would only make sense I'd think?
Rating: 12 Positives
26 months ago

Apple should be blasted in the media and given a black eye by the public.

I really hope the story plays out in mainstream media as "apple moves jobs overseas to avoid paying American wages and taxes."


Having the European distribution centre in Europe is not a case of moving jobs overseas.
Rating: 11 Positives
26 months ago

The risk with this continued growth at Apple is that, like many large companies, they will start to lose focus and become bloated with internal bureaucracy.

Steve was consistent in his vision that Apple should continue to operate and behave like a small company even as it grew. I certainly hope that under Tim's leadership this will continue, but I fear that this mindset is already starting to erode as Apple's growth accelerates.


A fair point, and if these jobs were in engineering you'd be right. But I don't think there's any real alternative when you're growing as Apple is. You might be able to keep engineering teams the same size, but you have to grow your support staff as your customer base grows.

Apple should be blasted in the media and given a black eye by the public.

I really hope the story plays out in mainstream media as "apple moves jobs overseas to avoid paying American wages and taxes."


Apple isn't moving any jobs anywhere. They're creating new jobs which previously didn't exist. Surely it makes more sense to have the European support centre in Europe, than in the US? As someone who lives in Cork and has been hired (3 times!) and even fired (once) by Apple, I'm very appreciative of their contribution to the city!
Rating: 10 Positives
26 months ago

Apple should be blasted in the media and given a black eye by the public.

I really hope the story plays out in mainstream media as "apple moves jobs overseas to avoid paying American wages and taxes."

Are you serious?

Rating: 10 Positives
26 months ago

Absolutely nothing beats american ingenuity, drive and determination.


Dude, go on vacation. Outside of the US. You don't have a monopoly on ingenuity, drive, or determination.
Rating: 10 Positives

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