Apple to expand Cork workforce while building new office

Apple has announced plans to build a new office building on its Cork campus with the capacity to house up to 1,300 employees, in a move that appears set to result in a significant expansion of its Irish workforce.

The tech giant said both new and existing staff would use the four-story, above-basement facility, which is expected to be completed by mid-2025.

He said it was too early to say how many new staff would be hired as part of the investment, although it is understood that most of those using the building are expected to be new employees.

The scheme is subject to the granting of planning permission by Cork City Council and an application is being submitted today.

“We’ve called Cork home for more than 40 years, and we’re delighted to accelerate our investments here as we grow our team and expand our campus,” said Cathy Kearney, Apple’s vice president of European operations.

“We are proud to be part of the community here, and with this new project, we will continue to create new jobs, support local organizations and drive innovation on behalf of our clients,” he added.

The expansion will also include employee transportation services and common green spaces on the Hollyhill campus.

The new building will be powered by 100% renewable energy, with solar panels to be built into all new structures, including the pedestrian walkways linking the buildings.

Plans also include a new Commute Hub, which will have bike and scooter storage and electronic charging points as part of efforts to make it attractive for employees to walk, bike or take other sustainable forms of transportation.

Like most companies, Apple has moved to a hybrid working model, with staff working three days in the office and up to two days remotely.

Despite this, the company has decided that it will require additional on-site capacity for employees as its Cork-based teams grow in areas such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The news was welcomed by the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and IDA Ireland.

“The impact of a company with this longevity in terms of reinvestment over four decades, job creation, innovation and experience gained is enormous,” said IDA CEO Martin Shanahan.

“It extends far beyond its own campus to the hundreds of businesses and traders of all sizes, across Ireland, who benefit from its presence here,” added the IDA CEO.

Apple Campus at Hollyhill in Cork

Apple has operated in Ireland since 1980 and employs around 6,000 people in Cork, both on its European headquarters campus and in the city centre.

It is understood that the new building will not result in the closure of the downtown site.

The company said that in the last five years it has invested 250 million euros in expanding its Cork campus.

Last month, the company said it was opening a new European engineering and testing facility in a former warehouse it bought in 2020 and has spent tens of millions of euros converting.

In 2018, Apple CEO Tim Cook came to Cork to open a new campus extension, built at a cost of €220 million.

The Taoiseach said the announcement was further evidence of Apple’s strong commitment to Cork and a strong endorsement of Ireland as a prime location for the world’s leading technology companies.

“Apple was a technology pioneer when they set up operations in Cork and their presence here gave, and continues to give, confidence to many more global technology companies to set up in Ireland,” said Micheál Martin.

“It is very encouraging to see them continue to invest in their Cork site,” he added.

Tánaiste and the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, said the benefit of Apple’s presence for Cork and the whole of Ireland has been enormous.

“I wish the team every continued success with this expansion, which once built will accommodate 1,300 employees,” said Leo Varadkar.

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