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Facebook is to hire 500 staff in London, European head Nicola Mendelsohn has said today. Speaking at an event by the Confederation of British Industry, Mendelsohn said the ad platform will have 1,500 people on payroll in the capital next year. She said: "We have 1,000 people working in our offices in London, but we're going …

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1000 real people

Is that 1000 real people or just the equivalent of 1000 "people" with FB accounts.

What will this future total of 1500 people actually do ? Sift the pre-truth, post-truth posts ? Remove FB accounts showing pictures of war victims ?

I don't have an FB account so it is not easy to imagine what these people will actually be employed to do. The fact that 500 new jobs being created is excellent, I just hope that their jobs involve more than creating new posts.

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Re: 1000 real people

involve more than creating new posts

You do not alter reality by creating new posts. There are enough people out there to do that already.

You do that by selectively deleting or promoting them.

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Re: 1000 real people

it is not easy to imagine what these people will actually be employed to do.

I would guess they'll be a sales force to try and drum advertising revenues. So although glossed up as "tech company hires happenin' peeps 4 da noo London 'quarters" (Note 1), it probably just means "tax dodger seeks sales droids to bolster their top line".

1) As you can tell, I'm rocking it down wiv the yoof (complete with my zimmer frame). Chillax, bros! Lets tope some peng! Whatevs, latez! Yo! (Note 2)

2) Think of me as the Honey G of tech. Bwahahahahahahaaa!

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1) As you can tell, I'm rocking it down wiv the yoof (complete with my zimmer frame). Chillax, bros! Lets tope some peng! Whatevs, latez! Yo!

I'm trying to work out which sub-dialect of Jive this is..

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Where are they employed?

No doubt 499 of the 500 will technically be employed by Facebook (Liberia) plc who charge an NI rate 50p per employee per year, so they will pay NI to the UK for 1 person less some clever rebates.

Cynical? Moi?

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Cynical? Moi?

Cynical, yes. Right, maybe not.

Local employment taxes and rules are very difficult to dodge, as Uber have recently found. Thinking about other tax avoiders like Starbucks and Amazon, it is only the property and employment taxes that they DO pay.

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But...

will Facebook carry on avoiding paying Corporation Tax in the UK?

They do business here and earn profits here so should pay all their due taxes and not get out of paying it due to some licensing issues and tax shelters.

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WTF?

Facebook Must Really Suck At Machine Learning

As Elad Gil said, why would you want to work there?

http://blog.eladgil.com/2016/11/facebook-must-really-suck-at-machine.html

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It would be nice to see some tech jobs outside London

Even putting more in Basingstoke would be an improvement. But then, FB really only hires millenials, and they love their urban lifestyles.

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Re: It would be nice to see some tech jobs outside London

Basingstoke, Basingstoke..... Not Basingstoke, really? It'll be Slough next and then where will we be?

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Re: It would be nice to see some tech jobs outside London

Oh come on, I know they are going to work for - gasp! Facebook - but would you wish Basingstoke even on such damned souls as them?

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putting more in Basingstoke would be an improvement

First Brexit, then Trump and now a positive view of Basingstoke. How the world has changed.

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Re: It would be nice to see some tech jobs outside London

Could be worse, could be Swindon.

I was dead for 2 hrs... and that was an improvement on a day in Swindon

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It'll be Slough next and then where will we be?

I did live and work in Slough for a time, and I can confirm that John Betjeman was quite right almost 80 years ago.

Note for Spotty Yoofs: You won't know what I'm on about, will you?

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It would be nice to see some tech jobs outside the South

FTFY

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Basingstoke

BraisingSteak? Might as well be That Lunnon.

How about Brizzle? Or Shepton Mallet?

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Re: It would be nice to see some tech jobs outside London

Could be worse, could be Swindon.

Oi! Swindon has nice bits y'know. Or so I'm told.. Maybe Royal Wooden Bucket qualifies..

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Do it for her

Simpsons made me sniffle on that one....

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This and Google's plan seem like hedging their bets.

If we end up with a hard brexit then the 60ish % of multinationals whose EEA HQ is not in the UK will need to set up UK (or English) HQs.

(This will offset some of the loss caused by the other 40% downsizing to handle 12% of the population).

However, if we remain in the EEA, but outside the EU then those multinationals that get up to shenanigans to avoid tax might find the UK more advantageous than the Republic of Ireland, now the EU is looking into them.

I suspect the desire for the latter is the reason the announcements have been made now, rather waiting for those in charge of the Dogs' Brexit finally come up with something first.

Soft Brexit might actually turn out to be advantageous to our sector. (Hard Brexit would be a disaster.)

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