Friday 15 December 2017

Facebook Ireland poised to land more jobs

 

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: AP
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: AP
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Facebook is poised to expand further in Dublin, with the company set to hire 3,000 people for 'community operations' worldwide.

The social media giant, which employs 1,600 people here and announced a bumper set of financial results last week, has already announced an expansion into Dublin's northside East Wall.

That facility is designed to cater for up to 800 additional Facebook employees here.

However, company founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced a new recruitment round of 3,000 people last week to help fight illicit content and fake news on the platform.

The move all but guarantees that the Dublin facility is set for expedited expansion beyond the 2,400 people officially in its sights.

A spokeswoman for Facebook in Ireland said that the company had not yet made any decision on where the additional 3,000 employees would be based.

However, the company's Irish operation is indexed to Facebook's global growth. Zuckerberg indicated that the 3,000 jobs might be distributed "around the world".

"If the business and platform continue to grow, we expect to continue to grow pretty substantially in Ireland," Facebook Ireland boss Gareth Lambe told this newspaper in recent weeks.

"Our largest single team here is community operations, which is the team responsible for the trust and safety of our users."

As well as being Facebook's country lead in Ireland, Lambe has another role running the company's sales planning and operations for Europe, Africa and the Asian Pacific regions. Part of that role entails group-wide responsibilities for deciding on new offices and expansions.

Sunday Indo Business

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