Facebook opens London HQ with 800 jobs pledge

Facebook opens London HQ with 800 jobs pledge

Facebook is doubling down on its commitment to the UK with a pledge to add a further 800 people to its payroll in the country – on the same day that it opened its new London headquarters.

Half of Facebook’s London employees will be engineers, ensuring that the UK hub will become Facebook’s largest engineering base outwith the US, and it will house a start-up incubator to help grow native digital businesses.

Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's EMEA vice president, said: “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 to achieve our mission of bringing the world closer together.”

Facebook now intends to employ 2,300 people by the end of next year at its Frank Gehry-designed London base following a succession of expansion plans.

Separately Amazon intends to double its Shoreditch based research and development base to 900 employees while Google has committed to creating 3,000 jobs by 2020.

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