Apple announce 1,000 new jobs for Cork
Apple, who already employ almost 5,000 people in Cork, this morning announced that they are adding an additional 1,000 staff at their facility in Hollyhill.
Apple CEO Tim Cook was in Ireland for the announcement, one that will see the tech giant expand their campus with another building for the additional staff, which should be in place by mid-2017.
Apple first opened a factory in Cork in 1980 and after fears over the future of the plant in the late 1990s, the company has doubled its workforce in Ireland over the last five years.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD said: “The Government's priority is to keep the recovery going by creating a positive environment for investment and jobs. Apple's plans for new facilities at their Cork campus that can house a further 1,000 jobs is a very welcome boost of confidence in Cork and the South West region. It is also a welcome sign of broadening regional recovery. These new jobs come on top of 1,000 additional jobs already created at Apple in the past 12 months, which brought the workforce in Ireland to over 5,000 in 2015. This continued expansion by the company is testament to the quality of the talent pool, the infrastructure and the business environment that this country has to offer and further cements Apple as one of the leading employers in Ireland.”
Tánaiste Joan Burton TD said: This is a profound statement of confidence in Ireland's economic recovery, and a profound statement of belief in the talent and creativity of the Irish workforce. Apple has a huge role to play in Cork's future and Ireland's future, and its welcome decision to expand the facilities at its Cork campus with a view to creating 1,000 additional jobs by 2017 will, in turn, be another important step in reaching our target of full employment by 2018. I've said many times that Ireland's recovery must be a social as well as an economic one, and good jobs are central to that vision.
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Richard Bruton TD, who has met senior Apple executives on multiple occasions since taking office to discuss and support expansion plans for Ireland, said: “Apple is an iconic global brand and one of the largest private sector employers in Ireland. Through our Action Plan for Jobs we have been determined to support more employment in companies like Apple, through measures like extra IDA staff in overseas markets and increased numbers of trade missions, and we have seen major employment growth over recent years. Today’s announcement is a huge boost for Cork and for all of Ireland, and I look forward to working with all the team at Apple as they roll out their expansion plans.”
Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland said: “For any company to be located at the same campus for over 30 years is a remarkable thing – that Apple continues to expand at this rate in 2015 is truly exceptional. Ever since Apple was first involved in manufacturing in Cork in 1980, the Irish site has continued to evolve and provide an excellent base to support the company's growth and development. The scale of the operation in Hollyhill is vast, with manufacturing, supply chain, AppleCare and shared services operations taking place within one campus. Today’s news follows an announcement by Apple in February of this year where they revealed plans to put an €850 million data centre in Athenry.”