Facebook Plans To Open London Headquarter, Will Create 500 New JobsBy Marjorie, UniversityHerald Reporter
Facebook is making history again, but this time in the UK. The social media giant is plans to open its London Headquarters next year, which will create additional hundreds of jobs. With the current 1,000 staff, the company plans to hire 500 more.
According to Facebook's vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, since the U.K. is now home to their largest engineering base outside the U.S., expect that many of the roles to be filled will be for high-skilled engineering.
The office will be located in Fitzrovia in central London and construction is currently on-going.
Nicola Mendelsohn also added that the U.K. has been an important part of Facebook's story and that the country is still one of the best places for a tech company.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan is all praises with the decision of Facebook. He said that the company's decision to expand in the U.K. is proof that London being a tech hub is growing, Mirror reported.
Meanwhile, it's not only Facebook who is eyeing an expansion in the U.K. Google also revealed their plans of expanding in the UK and that a new building will be added to a complex located behind the London's King's Cross train station. The company will also open 3,000 jobs in London by 2020, The Guardian reported.
Apple is also set to open its new U.K. Headquarters in the Battersea Power Station, according to The Telegraph.
The recent decisions of the US giant tech companies to expand in the UK serves as evidence that London is still the best city in Europe for digital startups just as Mayor Khan said.
Mr. Khan added that the continuing commitment of Facebook is another proof that London is open to entrepreneurship, talent, and innovation from the different parts of the world, Yahoo Tech reported.