Facebook’s new London office brings 800 jobs

Facebook logos are pictured on the screens of a smartphone (R), and a laptop computer, in central London on November 21, 2016

Chancellor Philip Hammond has hailed a brand new Fb workplace as a “signal of confidence” in Britain.

The HQ close to London’s Oxford Avenue will result in the creation of 800 new jobs, greater than half of which shall be in engineering.

It can open later in the present day.

Fb opened its first workplace in London 10 years in the past and has stated it expects its British workforce to achieve 2,300 by the top of subsequent yr.

Mr Hammond stated: “It is a signal of confidence in our nation that progressive corporations like Fb make investments right here, and it is terrific information that they are going to be hiring 800 extra extremely expert employees subsequent yr.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan stated Fb’s dedication confirmed town is “on the forefront of world innovation”.

The brand new headquarters was introduced final yr, shortly after Google revealed it will be constructing a brand new workplace within the metropolis to accommodate greater than 7,000 employees.

Nicola Mendelsohn, Fb’s vice chairman for Europe, the Center East and Asia, stated: “The UK’s flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystem and worldwide popularity for engineering excellence makes it among the best locations on the earth to construct a tech firm.

“And we have constructed our firm right here – this nation has been an enormous a part of Fb’s story over the previous decade, and I look ahead to persevering with our work to realize our mission of bringing the world nearer collectively.”

The seven-storey workplace area is 23,000 sq. metres and was designed by architect Frank Gehry.

It can additionally home Fb’s first in-house start-up incubator, referred to as LDN_LAB, designed to assist kick begin fledgling British digital companies.

In addition to engineers, there will even be builders, advertising and gross sales groups.

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