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Apple has more job openings right now than it ever has

1 month ago by Joshua Fruhlinger in Big Tech

Since at least 2016, Apple ($NASDAQ:AAPL) has more job openings than it ever has. As of this week, the Cupertino computing giant has a mile's worth (5,280) of jobs listed on its careers site.

That's up from a seasonal low of 3,900 last April, and 530 more openings than this time last year. That represents growth of 11% in terms of raw job listings year over year.

The job growth is also a reflection of Apple's diversification over the years. Once a primarily computing hardware company, Apple now produces not just smartphones and tablets, but it also recently launched a massive media enterprise in TV Plus and Apple News, not to mention growth in its Apple Music division.

As we've reported before, Apple is now hiring more Software and Services professionals than it is Hardware. In the past quarter, Software and Services outpaced Hardware in terms of daily listings by 9,000 openings (cumulative). As recently as the second quarter of 2018, Apple was still hiring more hardware pros than software (you can slide back to 2018Q2 above to see for yourself).

Hiring activity heavily favors Apple's Cupertino headquarters, where roughly half of the openings are located. Hiring in Austin, Texas has picked up speed, however, growing to 316 openings. 

Location 

2019

2018

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino)

2,580

2,502

Austin

316

274

Shanghai

184

186

Singapore

148

163

Herzliya

115

91

Cork

113

74

San Diego

82

16

London

71

54

Seattle

66

24

On this date last year, Apple listed 2,502 openings in Cupertino and 274 in Austin. Austin has been a hotbed of Apple hiring for some time now, with a new campus and long-standing manufacturing plants in the area. But a new engineering facility in San Diego saw a large jump in the last year, from 16 positions at this time last year to 82 as of this week. Apple has promised the city of San Diego at least 1,000 new jobs in the area.

But the map below shows that Apple hiring isn't just ticking up in the company's usual haunts. Dozens of cities around the world have multiple job openings in virtually every continent.

About the Data: 

Thinknum tracks companies using the information they post online - jobs, social and web traffic, product sales and app ratings - and creates data sets that measure factors like hiring, revenue and foot traffic. Data sets may not be fully comprehensive (they only account for what is available on the web), but they can be used to gauge performance factors like staffing and sales. 

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Joshua has been writing about technology, lifestyle, and business for over 20 years. He's one of the original writers and editors for Engadget, and still writes a...

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