Google said last week it would go ahead with plans to build a new headquarters in King’s Cross, central London, creating 3,000 jobs. Amazon is leaving its UK base in Slough, Berkshire, after 16 years to move to a 15-floor office on the outskirts of the City next year.
Sadiq Khan, the London mayor, said the announcement was a further vote of confidence in London as a tech centre – a position called into question by the vote to leave the EU.
Lady Mendelsohn said: “The UK remains one of the best places to be a tech company and is an important part of Facebook’s story. We came to London in 2007 with just a handful of people. By the end of next year we will have opened a new HQ and plan to employ 1,500 people.”
Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s European head, will announce the expansion at the CBI’s conference on Monday. She said many of the jobs would be highly skilled roles.
The US social media company will employ 1,500 people in London next year when it opens its office, which is under construction in Fitzrovia, close to the West End.