500 new employees for Facebook’s new central London HQ

Highly skilled jobs demand will increase company’s British workforce by 50%

In 2017, the US social media company will employ 1,500 people in London when it opens its office, which is under construction in Fitzrovia, close to the West End.

Facebook’s European head, Nicola Mendelsohn, will announce the expansion at the CBI’s conference on Monday. She said that many of the jobs would require highly skilled workers.

Lady Mendelsohn said: “The UK remains one of the best places to be a tech company and is an important part of Facebook’s story. We came to London in 2007 with just a handful of people. By the end of next year, we will have opened a new HQ and plan to employ 1,500 people.”

London mayor, Sadiq Khan, said the announcement was a further vote of confidence in London as a tech centre – a position which was hanging in the balance by the vote to leave the EU.

Khan said: “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.”

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