Apple has announced plans to hire an extra 1,000 employees in Ireland — as the deadline draws closer concerning the European Union announcing their decision about whether or not Apple dodged taxes thanks to the Irish government.
Apple will add 1,000 staff to its offices in Cork by mid-2017, where it currently operates the only Apple-owned manufacturing facility in the world, building Mac computers.
Apple also hired 1,000 new staff in Ireland over the course of 2015.
Recently, Ireland’s finance minister Michael Noonan said that EU regulators will announce their decision about an alleged “illegal tax sweetener” between now and Christmas. He didn’t comment on how the decision might affect Ireland, but notes that the country will, “deal with that when the announcement comes.”
In the five years up to 2014, Apple paid an average tax rate of 2.5 percent on around $109 billion of its non-U.S. profits. In total, the company has around 115,000 employees worldwide.