Facebook has chosen King´s Cross, London has the latest location to receive a Facebook office. The premises is due to open next year, and the influx of new job vacancies come ahead of its launch.
London is already Facebook´s largest engineering hub outside of the US; the 1,000 new jobs promised will take the social media giant´s total employee count to more than 4,000 by the end of 2020.
The first of the buildings located in King´s Cross will open in late 2021, with the overall finished product housing up to 6,000 work stations.
Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook, is predicted to make an announcement on Tuesday regarding the employment; more than half of the new jobs are expected to be technology-focused with roles in software engineering, product design and data science.
Sandberg is expected to say: “”Many of these high-skilled jobs will help us address the challenges of an open internet and develop artificial intelligence to find and remove harmful content more quickly.”
The new jobs will be in Facebook´s “community integrity” team which produces design tools to police posts on all of Facebook´s platforms such as Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.
Facebook has also said that it would look into developing artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality and its messaging apps WhatsApp and Workplace, the latter of which is aimed at enterprises.
Boris Johnson has commented on the news, saying that the announcement was “another sign of the strength of our dynamic tech sector,”
The prime minister continued: “The UK is at the centre of tech growth and innovation, and is leading the way as the world’s biggest tech hub outside of Silicon Valley.”