The UK has 61,000 paid apps developers - as opposed to hobbyists and enthusiasts - registered to create content for the iTunes store, more than any other European nation. Germany comes second with 52,200 registered paid developers, while France has 30,000.
In a blog posted this morning on Apple’s European websites, the company said: “With more than 1.2m apps and over 75bn downloads, the App Store has created an entirely new industry: iOS app design and development.”
Europe as a whole has taken nearly one third of the $20 billion in global revenues earned by developers via iOS devices, both from sales of apps and purchases made within apps, such as extra lives in games. Apple takes a commission of 30% from any app sales on its platform, meaning the company has earned around $10bn globally since 2008.
Forecasts suggest that In 2014, the overall app economy is expected to deliver $16.5bn in revenues to EU GDP, and this contribution is growing at a rate of 12% per year. Globally, the app economy will add an estimated $86bn in revenues to worldwide GDP in 2014.
Google has also trumpeted its contribution to the digital economy via it’s Google Play app store, but Apple is believed to account for 80% of developer revenue in Europe. The company revealed Wednesday that it has helped create 497,000 iOS app developer jobs in Europe since 2008.
A further 16,000 people are employed directly by Apple in Europe including 5000 in the UK and 4000 at Apple’s international headquarters in Cork, Ireland.
With more than 4,500 suppliers in Europe the company claims a further 116,000 people are indirectly employed by Apple.
“The App Store has created hundreds of thousands of new jobs that previously did not exist in the European economy,” Apple said, “enabling developers to launch new companies and and $6.5bn from App Store sales worldwide.”
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