Apple is creating a UK-based team to speed expansion plans for its Apple Pay service, according to reports.

A job advertisement on the California-based company’s website - which has now been withdrawn - revealed preparations for the launch of contactless payments system across Europe, Middle East, India and Africa. 

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The posting, seen by iClarified, indicated that Apple is hiring an intern to support a wider team of staff tasked with partnering with third parties prior to a full launch - a crucial aspect in ensuring strong uptake.

“The new London-based Apple Pay team will work to drive the roll-out of this technology across EMEIA by working with a variety of internal and external partners, including teams in the US where the product will first launch and the EMEIA organisation, as well as Issuers, payment networks and merchants across Europe,” the job post read.

“To accompany us on this journey we are looking for a highly enthusiastic and energetic support intern to help us drive our business development activities, specifically to support execution of multiple NDAs and contracts with third party partners.”

Apple Pay was initially launched in September in the US, but Apple has not given a firm date for wider rollout so far.

The service has proved popular among US users despite some teething problems - such as doubling-charging in a minority of cases - with more than one million activations in the first three days of use.

Last week, Apple claimed it has now signed up banks accounting for 90 percent of credit purchasing volume in the US, while the number of retailers accepting payments continues to increase.

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