Posted on November 21, 2016 by staff

Facebook to boost UK staff 50 per cent with new London HQ


Facebook will boost its staff numbers in the UK by 50 per cent with the hire of 500 people next year.

Most of the new staff will be based at Facebook’s new London headquarters in Fitzrovia, a site which is currently undergoing redevelopment.

The new positions will be engineers, marketers, project managers and sales staff.

Nicola Mendelsohn, the firm’s vice president of Europe, Middle East and Asia, said: “The UK remains one of the best places to be a tech company.

“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.”

She will officially announce the news at the Confederation of British Industry conference on Monday.

The news is welcome after months of uncertainty following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Facebook’s decision to expand in London is further evidence that London’s strength as a tech hub keeps on growing.

“The capital’s vibrant tech scene is the envy of Europe and Facebook’s continuing commitment is another sign that London is open to talent, innovation and entrepreneurship from all four corners of the world.”

Amid the groundbreaking projects being developed in the UK is Aquila, the solar-powered plane which expands Facebook and internet connectivity into remote regions.

Mendelsohn will feature in BusinessCloud’s inaugural ‘100 female role models of tech’ list in the next edition of the magazine in December.