Facebook's first engineering office outside the US opened in London on Tuesday, after the company announced in July this year that it was looking to hire 22 techies in the UK. The dominant social network chose not to move East to the British government-lauded Silicon Roundabout, instead preferring to keep its engineers within …
"to make this a go-to place for technology businesses"
Yes, 22 whole employees for a company valued in the £billions. Great catch.
They'll actually get some things other than the spying tech to work!
They're having quite a bit of trouble hiring people.
There were a lot of students in the Cambridge uni computer labs wandering around in freebie facebook tshirts yesterday. Recruitment issues would explain why.
There's a complete shortage of good software engineers these days. I know people who've walked out of a uni with a 2:1 in Software Engineering and not know what the hell OO programming was.
If they are offering share options in lieu of a decent salary who can blame prospective employees for lack of interest.
Re: not know what the hell OO programming was.
No point in getting all the multination mega corps in to the UK if they don't pay any corporation tax
Not strictly true, because they'd still pay wages and this is money entering the local economy.
Those pints don't come free you know...
What a surprise
Who on earth wants to work in London, with high prices, traffic, too many people and a very long journey to work unless they're paying very, very high salaries?
Re: What a surprise
"Who on earth wants to work in London, with high prices, traffic, too many people and a very long journey to work unless they're paying very, very high salaries?"
I work in London, have done for about 3 years, from Lincoln. Let me explain the problems with your comment:
London isn't expensive.
London has less traffic than the rest of the country.
London has short journeys to work that are getting shorter all the time, unless you're... dumb.
Also FYI I don't have a "very, very high salary"
You're confusing London with tourist trap London. Stay out of Soho/Leicester Square, and maybe most of inner-West London - there's nothing interesting there anyway..
Re: London isn't expensive.
Nice try, Boris.
Not necessarily a net gain
A couple of years ago that office used to be fully populated with Expedia people, including a good number of techies. The fact that Facebook are moving in suggests that all is not well in Expedia land...
I worked there for a while, before deciding that free soft drinks and a rooftop bar where less appealing than the money in the City.
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