Facebook creating 1,000 jobs in Ireland this year

  • Facebook has announced plans to hire 1,000 people across 60 teams in Ireland in 2019. The jobs on the horizon will be across numerous sectors: engineering, safety, legal, and marketing, policy and sales teams.

    Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has announced that the company will be creating 1,000 new positions in Ireland throughout 2019, bringing the number of people employed by the company in Ireland up to 5,000. The announcement was made by Sandberg during the recent Facebook-run Gather event for small and medium businesses in Dublin.

    This announcement follows on from the events of November 2018, when the news broke that Facebook would be expanding its investment in Ireland by acquiring a long term lease on new 14 acre site at the Bank centre campus situated in Ballsbridge, South Dublin. All of the 2,000 current Dublin-based employees are expected to move to the South Dublin building by 2022, and the building has space for up to expansion up to 7,000 employees.

    Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland, commented on the announcement: "Facebook has expanded significantly in Ireland in recent years to support its international growth. Today's announcement further deepens its commitment to Ireland, it has become the primary strategic international hub for the company; servicing millions of users across EMEA.  We wish all the team at Facebook in Ireland every success with their expansion plans."

    Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation was equally positive about the announcement: "Today’s announcement, which follows on from the acquisition of their new campus late last year, is another landmark day for Facebook in Ireland. Their continued expansion here reaffirms their commitment to Ireland and deepens our partnership."

    Sandberg also took the time during the event to convey Facebook's commitment to tackling global cyber-challenges such as fake account usage and increasing safety and security on social media. This will include an increase in the funding that Facebook gives to two online safety programmes based in Ireland to €1m EUR (£882,000).

    Sources: IDA Ireland, BBC News, RTE News

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