Facebook to Create 800 Jobs

Facebook, the biggest social media platform on the planet, is opening a new office in London, allowing it to create up to 800 new jobs in the UK in 2018. By the end of 2018, a grand total of about 2,300 people will work for the company inside the UK alone. The office will be Facebook’s biggest engineering hub outside the US and will open in its tenth year in the UK.

The base for Facebook is situated in California, with a massive building housing developers, engineers, marketing and more.

Facebook’s Europe, Middle East and Asia vice-president, Nicola Mendelsohn, said Facebook was ‘more committed than ever to the UK’. She said that Britain was an ideal location for tech firms, due to its ‘entrepreneurial ecosystem and engineering excellence’.

The building will stand seven stories tall, at Rathbone Place, near Oxford Circus in central London. Designed by Frank Gehry, who was best known for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, I imagine it’ll look pretty sleek.

The building will accommodate engineers and developers as well as marketing and sales teams. It will also house a space for start-ups, called the LDN-LAB. UK based start-ups will have the chance to take part in programmes spanning three months, designed to help kickstart their businesses.

Chancellor Phillip Hammond called the move by Facebook a ‘sign of confidence’ in Britain. Here’s hoping it pays off.