Facebook’s plan is to expand its presence in the UK and will hire 500 additional employees at its new London headquarters, which will open in 2017. The American social media giant is set to announce on Monday (21 November) that it will up its headcount in the UK by 50%.
“The UK remains one of the best places to be a tech company and is an important part of Facebook’s story.
“We came to London in 2007 with just a handful of people, by the end of next year we will have opened a new HQ and plan to employ 1,500 people.
“Many of those new roles will be high-skilled engineering jobs as the UK is home to our largest engineering base outside of the US.”
-said its London-based executive, Nicola Mendelsohn.
Facebook’s new headquarters will be in Fitzrovia at a site that is currently undergoing redevelopment.The majority of the new staff will be based there.The company said some of its most important innovations had been developed in the UK, including Aquila, a solar-powered, unmanned plane that provides internet connectivity to remote regions.On 15 November, Google CEO Sundar Pichai had also confirmed similar plans. Speaking at the tech giant’s current office in London, Pichai said that Google will build a new headquarters at King’s Cross and would create 3,000 new jobs in the country by 2020.