The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

UK Gets a Big Facebook Like

02 December 2016 | Updated 01 January 1970
 

Facebook is set to take on an extra 500 staff in London , its European head has announced, as she hailed the UK as one of the best places for technology companies to set up.

Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s vice president of EMEA, told the CBI conference (on Nov 21) that the social media empire will employ 1,500 people in the capital next year.

Theresa May welcomed the move, stressing that Facebook: Iis just one example of how businesses are saying ‘actually the UK is a good place to invest and a good place to do business’.”

Making her announcement, Lady Mendelsohn told delegates: “We have 1,000 people working in our offices in London but we’re going to continue to invest and we’re going to increase our head count by 50% in the next year, so we will have 1,500 people here in the UK.

“So if you’re looking for a job - we’re hiring.”

Describing technology in the UK as a British success story that the nation should be proud of, the peer urged big business to try to be as agile, fast moving, able to disrupt the norm and pivot in the same way as smaller firms.

She said Facebook used a 'lock-down' style of innovation by reacting to changing trends. The shift towards mobile, which generated 0% of revenue for Facebook in 2012, is now worth more than 80% of revenue, she said, adding that Facebook is now seeing 100 million hours of video being watched every single day.

Lady Mendelsohn also encouraged firms to give their staff greater access to information to make better decisions and in turn have a greater impact.

Picture: Lady Mendelsohn brought music to the ears of employees and office letting agents at the recent CBI conference

 

Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 02 December 2016

Share


Related Tags


Related Articles

Facebook Outage – Implications for IoT Devices

When Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram went down unexpectedly, people and businesses were also unable to access their smart devices. The outage, which was due to...

 Read Full Article
Facebook Cleaner Exhaustion Claims 'Without Substance'

Claims that Facebook’s facilities management firm demanded the removal of a union activist because of their protest against workloads have been refuted. The...

 Read Full Article
RICS Survey Points to FM Job Opportunities

The latest survey from RICS points to further job opportunities across the sector as more companies increase their focus on FM services, especially in...

 Read Full Article
Up The Elephant And Round The Castle – Rockwell Achieves Salvation

Rockwell has exchanged contracts on the Salvation Army Headquarters in the heart of Elephant and Castle in the London Borough of Southwark. The freehold purchase of at...

 Read Full Article
All I Want For Christmas

Jackie Furey explains the time for giving and sharing should also recognise the gift of time off during the festive period. In fact she recommends an unlimited leave...

 Read Full Article
Mechanical Engineering Is Not A UK Job Of Choice

Mechanical Engineering (511,440) is the most Googled job in the world - but not the most Googled job in the UK where people would rather search to become an estate agent...

 Read Full Article
Back To Square One - Axis At Rathbone

CBRE has renewed its contract with Axis Security to continue providing security services at the Rathbone Square development in Central London - which began in 2017 when...

 Read Full Article
Big Job - Transition Engineering Manager

University College London is looking to recruit a Transition Engineering Manager into its Major Projects - Mobilisation team. We've got details. The Transition...

 Read Full Article
Chocs Away and Shades of Grey

Wispa it quietly, but being a chocolate taster job is on offer below but we kick-off with some warnings about what not to do if the passion of Valentine's Day has...

 Read Full Article
Love Us or Leave Us - Vodafone to Scoot Out of the UK?

Vodafone has effectively confirmed it is considering moving it's HQ building out of the UK, whilst some other notable names are planning their exits. ThisWeekinFM...

 Read Full Article