Apple hiring spree continues with ferocity - here's what they're hiring for (and where)

1 week ago by Joshua Fruhlinger in Trends

Just when you thought Apple's fall-into-winter-into-spring hiring spree was settling down, it seems the tech giant has picked up right where it left off.

Job openings peaked at around 4,700 before the holiday season, settling down to around 4,200 in the New Year. But as of last month and leading into this week, Apple job openings have hit a new all-time high, cracking 5,000 for what appears to be the first time.

So, what are they hiring for? And where? We have that data.

As we've described recently, the hiring uptick has been in hardware engineering and design. But a snapshot of the most recent openings shows that engineering talent is clearly where the company is investing with both hardware and software engineer openings leading by a pretty large margin:

Apple Openings March 7 2018

The above chart is a snapshot of Apple openings on March 7, 2018 (click on the image for a larger version). As you see, hardware engineering leads with 1,270 openings followed relatively closely by software engineering openings at 1,131. Operations comes in a distant third with 541 followed by a cluster of job categories all around 300 openings including sales, retail, and marketing.

It's clear where Apple's focus is right now as it gears up to bring a new bevvy of iPhones, HomePods, iPad, MacBooks, and whatever else they have up their sleeves (Cars? A smarter Siri? A new Mac Pro? Have they given up on networking hardware? So many questions!): Engineers, engineers, engineers.

As for where the openings are, they're largely concentrated at Apple's new spaceship-like headquarters in Santa Clara Valley, as the chart below shows.



City (Count)

Software Engineering

Santa Clara Valley


Hardware Engineering

Santa Clara Valley






Santa Clara Valley


Information Systems and Technology

Santa Clara Valley



Santa Clara Valley



Shanghai (China APO Only)


Hardware Engineering



Hardware Engineering




Santa Clara Valley


As always, we'll keep an eye on things as Apple continues to build.

Joshua Fruhlinger

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 about tech and lifestyle for the Wall Street Journal. You can find him on twitter at @fruhlinger

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