updated 10:56 am EDT, Wed August 6, 2014
New stats may be attempt to sway local governments
Apple has posted a new promotional page, touting the company's alleged benefits to the European economy. It claims to have "created or supported" 629,000 jobs on the continent, with over 500,000 of those being linked to the "app economy." Of the over $20 billion it has paid out to developers, about $6.5 billion is said to have gone to European outfits. Among Apple's 280,500 registered developers, 52,000 are in Germany alone, and 30,000 are in France. The local iOS app economy is said to have about 20,000 open positions.
The company says it employs 16,000 Europeans directly, and supports another 132,000 jobs. An estimated 116,000 jobs have been created at other firms. About 10 percent of Apple's corporate workforce is based in its offices in Cork, Ireland -- something that has been the subject of controversy, since part of the reason for locating there may be exploiting loopholes in Irish tax laws. An upcoming Cork facility will be equipped with solar panels and rainwater harvesting systems, Apple says.
The iPhone and iPad maker lastly notes that it has roughly 4,500 suppliers handling materials, manufacturing, and assembly, and that it has 101 European retail stores scattered across eight countries. On average, each one has 100 workers.
The webpage may be meant to persuade not just the public but local governments of the benefits of Apple's presence. The company has faced EU scrutiny not just over tax practices, but also issues like anti-competitive e-book deals and repeated failures to bring AppleCare marketing in line with European warranty laws.