Facebook creating 800 new jobs with new London office

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  • Facebook will create 800 new jobs in London over the next year, a 50% increase in their UK workforce, as it opens a new office.

    The new hires will increase their UK employees to a total of 2,300.

    The office will be Facebook’s biggest engineering hub outside of the US.

    The seven-floor building at Rathbone Place, near Oxford Circus, was designed by Frank Gehry, the architect best known for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

    The new building will host engineers and developers, as well as marketing and sales teams.

    It will also be home to LDN_LAB, a programme which invites tech startups to take part in three-month programmes to accelerate their development.

    Facebook will be looking for five to six startups to join the initial cohort.

    “Today’s announcements show that Facebook is more committed than ever to the UK and in supporting the growth of the country’s innovative startups,” said Nicola Mendelsohn, vice-president of Facebook’s European operations.

    “The UK’s flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystem and international reputation for engineering excellence makes it one of the best places in the world to build a tech company.

    “And we’ve built our company here – this country has been a huge part of Facebook’s story over the past decade, and I look forward to continuing our work.”

    The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said, “The emphasis on engineering and the 800 new jobs being created [by Facebook] shows London remains at the forefront of global innovation. What’s more, the launch of the company’s incubator is set to play a crucial role in attracting vital talent to London and will help to pave the way for the next generation of successful startups.”

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