Apple to hire more heads in Ireland

Old Apple logo - Wikimedia CommonsThe Irish Development Agency (IDA) said that Apple intends to increase its headcount in Ireland by 1,000 jobs.

Apple currently has a headcount of 5,000 in its offices in Cork. The additional jobs are set to be added by the middle of 2017.

The move comes as the European Commission is investigating why Apple has paid so little tax in Ireland. The Commission is expected to rule on the matter after Christmas and could force the Irish government to recover large sums of money.

The IDA’s role is to encourage inward investment into Ireland, and it’s been pretty successful at doing that with technology companies over the last 20 years, attracting names like Intel, Microsoft, Apple, EMC, Dell and others.

The European Commission is also investigating whether Apple needs to pay more tax in Luxembourg.