Facebook to Hire 500 New Staff in U.K. Expansion

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Companies operating in the U.K. have been grappling with whether they'll still be able to easily hire from within the European Union after the Brexit process is complete.
Companies operating in the U.K. have been grappling with whether they'll still be able to easily hire from within the European Union after the Brexit process is complete.  Credit: Meg Roussos/Bloomberg
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Facebook is to increase its U.K. headcount by 50%, hiring 500 new staff and backing the U.K. capital as an important technology hub.

The social media company is moving to a new London headquarters in 2017, and has plans to increase its headcount from 1,000 to 1,500, the company said in a statement Monday.

"Many of those new roles will be high-skilled engineering jobs," said Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's VP for the EMEA region. "The U.K. remains one of the best places to be a tech company and is an important part of Facebook's story."

In the statement on Monday, Facebook noted the breadth of nationalities -- over 65 -- it employed in London.

Multinational companies in the U.K. have been busy grappling with the U.K.'s plans for leaving the EU -- in particular whether they will be easily able to hire workers from the bloc.

The announcement extends a recent string of similar promises made by major U.S. tech companies regarding their plans in the U.K.

Last week Google cemented plans that it would expand in the U.K., saying it will go-ahead with plans to complete a new London office that can hold as many as 7,000 workers -- 3,000 more than a spokesman said it currently employs in the U.K.

Apple said in September it is leasing about 500,000 square feet of office space at Battersea Power Station on the south bank of London's River Thames.

Facebook arrived in London in 2007, and the U.K. is now home to its largest engineering base outside of the U.S. Its Workplace offering, which lets employees collaborate with one another on products, was developed in the U.K. capital.

-- Bloomberg News