Facebook Announces 800 New Jobs For UK In 2018

Ivan Schwartz
December 5, 2017

Facebook announced December 4 it will be moving at least 800 new tech jobs to London despite continued concerns among large businesses and financial institutions over the stability and attractiveness of the United Kingdom economy pre- and post-Brexit.

Facebook has marked the opening of its new London office by setting out plans to create 800 new jobs in the capital over the next 12 months. These changes will make the London office Facebook's largest engineering hub outside of the U.S.

Facebook opened its first office in London ten years ago. The team's offices are newly-built and situated in Rathbone Place, just off famous Oxford Street, in a building designed by legendary architect Frank Gehry, responsible for some of the most impressive buildings in the world.

Facebook said the new office will also be the site for some work on its Oculus virtual reality platform, including some of the social aspects of the technology.

Facebook's LDN_LAB will invite UK-based start-ups to take part per three month long programmes created to help kick start and accelerate their businesses.

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According to Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's Europe, Middle East and Asia vice-president, the tech giant was "more committed than ever to the UK".

Facebook experts from a range of disciplines including engineering, product and partnerships, will share their knowledge, expertise and mentorship as part of the programme.

Chancellor Philip Hammond has hailed the location as "a sign of confidence in our country that innovative companies like Facebook invest here, and it's terrific news that they will be hiring 800 more highly skilled workers next year".

She also said that this country has been a big part of Facebook's history over the past decade and she looks forward to achieving the same goal of bringing the world closer together.

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