Apple has so far created 3,500 jobs at its offices in Hyderabad, India — and it plans to hire 1,500 more people, bringing the total to 5,000. That’s in excess of the 4,000 jobs Apple initially promised it would create in India.
The news was shared by Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary of IT and Industries in the Telangana government, located in the southern part of the country.
It’s yet another step in Apple proving itself as a valuable asset to India in hopes of growing its market share there.
“Apple is focused on making the best products and services in the world and we are thrilled to open this new office in Hyderabad which will focus on Maps development,” Tim Cook said back in 2016, when the office first opened. “The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations.”
Challenges in India
With an eye on one of the world’s fastest-growing smartphone markets, Apple has been working hard to grow its brand in India. To that end, it has started manufacturing some of its more affordable iPhone models — including the iPhone SE and iPhone 6s — in India.
Nonetheless, Apple has run into considerable problems in India, where it currently holds just 1 percent of the smartphone market. Import duties have forced Apple to put up its prices, and it has now seemingly given up on being able to open retail stores of its own in the country.
There is even the risk that the iPhone could be shut out of India altogether if it refuses to allow a government-sanctioned app, which Apple worries could break its privacy policies.
Will this latest news about job creation help? We’re sure that fingers are firmly crossed in Cupertino that the answer is “yes.”