Facebook to hire 500 new employees next year for London headquarters

Company - Himanshu Gill - Nov 22,2016

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facebook to hire 500 new employees in london headquarters next year

Facebook has announced to expand its human resource in the UK by 50%, when it opens its new headquarters in London in 2017.

The US based technology giant said that it will hire 500 additional employees, most of them highly skilled including engineers, marketers, project managers and sales staff.

The total number of employees would stand around 1500 at its new headquarters in Fitzovia, situated close to the West End of London. This site is under construction at the moment.

Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s vice president for Europe, Africa and the Middle East said that, the UK is still one of the best countries in the world, despite the ongoing jitters over the country’s uncertainty after Brexit. She further added that, most of the new roles would be skill based as the UK is home to Facebook’s largest engineering base outside of US.

The company said that, one its biggest innovations, Aquilla, a solar powered unmanned plane to provide internet connectivity to remote regions was also developed in the UK. Last month, Engineers at Facebook’s London office also launched ‘Workplace’, a platform devised to improve communications between workers within a business.

Google has already announced last week that it will expand its London campus by hiring around 3000 more employees by 2020. This means, Google would have a staff of 7,000 at its expanded hub, which is set to open in 2018. This process is set to cost around $1.25 billion.

London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan himself welcomed and announced Facebook’s hiring news and said that, this is an evidence of London’s strength as a tech hub. He added that London is open to talent, innovation and entrepreneurship from all over the world.

There were speculations over international companies reconsidering investing in the UK since the Brexit referendum, but such investments from tech giants like Facebook and Google may ignite optimism among other companies.