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Job market booming thanks to growing app economy

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appvillageThe digital economy in Australia is booming on the back of our love of apps for our smartphones and tablets which are creating more than 139,000 new jobs.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics says Australia’s “App Economy” is boosting the number of jobs and creating new specialities.

Our growing demand for apps comes from the surge in smartphone adoption and connection to the internet on the move.

Between June 2012 and June 2013 the number of people accessing the internet on a mobile device increased by 33 per cent.

Australians with a smartphone now account for 80 per cent of the mobile market with mobile broadband activity generating $34 billion for the Australia economy.

There are a large number of developers in Australia creating apps for various companies who are hiring workers to keep up with the rapid growth of the segment.

It all started with Apple launching the App Store back in 2008. Today there are more than a million apps in the App Store with more than 75 billion downloads.

Apple has paid more than $US20 billion to developers for the sale of their apps through the App Store – nearly half of which have been downloaded in the past 12 months.

“The App Store has added more than 70,000 jobs to the Australian economy as our vibrant and diverse developer community grows, creating and selling more apps to customers around the world,” Apple said in a statement.

“We are proud of the contribution we are making to Australia through the app economy, as well as our 21 extremely popular retail stores and the 2750 people Apple employs here directly.”

State by state NSW leads the way with around 77,000 people working in the app economy followed by Victoria (39,200), Queensland (10,000), Western Australia (5,000), ACT (1,300), South Australia (1,000) and Tasmania (300).

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