Critics say Apple’s 325,000 Korean jobs declare is ‘ridiculous’; it’s actually 500

Tech corporations in South Korea are dismissing Apple’s declare that it has created 325,000 Korean jobs, stating that the actual quantity is simply 500…


Apple made the declare yesterday, admitting that it was speaking about each direct and oblique jobs. Some 200,000 of the roles are in unbiased app builders, whereas the opposite 125,000 are by way of varied companions. This will embrace Samsung workers engaged on parts for the iPhone and different Apple merchandise.

But the Korea Times studies that critics have described the declare as “ridiculous” and “absurd.”

“The calculation is ridiculous,” an official from a smartphone maker right here stated, asking to not be named. “To borrow Apple Korea’s words, a company may be able to say that it indirectly employs a worker at a petrol station if a CEO’s driver fills up a vehicle at that petrol station” […]

An official from a sport firm right here stated, nevertheless, that Apple Korea’s argument was exhausting to grasp.

“Google also operates an app store. It is absurd for Apple to make such a claim, as if its app store was the only one that has contributed to the employment of game developers,” he stated. “In that case, I think semiconductor makers have helped create more jobs because their products contribute to smartphone production.”

They level out that Apple’s personal Korean web site says that the corporate employs simply 500 individuals instantly within the nation.

It’s a fairly secure guess that the unnamed smartphone maker quoted is Samsung, so we shouldn’t be too shocked by the kickback. But it’s additionally probably that some have taken offense at Apple’s obvious argument that it must be exempted from Chinese tariffs as a result of Samsung would have an advantage via its merchandise being made in South Korea.

The Korean jobs jobs declare of 200,000 individuals employed within the iOS app economic system comes from an unbiased Progressive Policy Institute report.

We present how Korea’s App Economy makes an necessary contribution to the broader economic system, complementing Korea’s energy in {hardware}. As of April 2018, we estimate that the Korea App Economy totals roughly 420,000 jobs, together with app builders with world attain equivalent to Kakao and NAVER.

We estimate the variety of App Economy jobs by main cell working system. We discover roughly 300,000 App Economy jobs within the Android ecosystem, reflecting the significance of Android smartphone producers in Korea. At the identical time, we discover about 200,000 App Economy jobs in Korea’s iOS ecosystem.

The report acknowledges that there’s some double counting, because of these working throughout each iOS and Android apps.

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