Facebook commits to UK with pledge to hire 500 staff

Facebook commits to UK with expanded London HQ

Facebook has committed itself to the UK after announcing that it would bolster its new headquarters in Rathbone Square, Fitzrovia and hire an additional 500 employees.

New posts will be created in engineering, marketing and sales at the base in a major fillip for the capital coming just days after Google confirmed it would pump £1bn into its own headquarters at Kings Cross.

Commenting on the move, Nicola Mendelson, Facebook's European boss, said: "The UK remains one of the best places to be a tech company."

"Many of those new roles will be high-skilled engineering jobs as the UK is home to our largest engineering base outside of the US."

The government will no doubt be cheered that the world’s biggest technology firms are voting with their feet to remain in Britain post-Brexit, with prime minister Theresda May pledging billions of investment in robotics, artificial intelligence and medical technology to keep the UK at the cutting edge of research.

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