Richard Bruton, Ireland’s Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation announced that Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) is creating more than 100 new roles at its international headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.
Facebook’s Dublin office currently has 400 employees in a broad range of roles including user operations, advertising, sales, policy and safety.
“Today’s announcement of a significant expansion by one of the biggest companies on the internet, with the creation of 100 high-end jobs, is a major endorsement of the tech environment in Dublin and further confirmation of our city’s status as the internet capital of Europe,” said Minister Bruton. “This represents a significant economic commitment to Ireland by Facebook and I wish them every success with their operations here.”
Minister Bruton had met senior executives from Facebook in their California headquarters, and Facebook’s Dublin operation has been workings closely with IDA Ireland and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
“Ireland is a great hub of international tech talent which is one reason why Facebook has its international HQ in Dublin,” said Gareth Lambe, acting head of office for Facebook Ireland. “Today’s announcement means we will be expanding our workforce across multiple disciplines such as user operations, safety and advertising. These jobs, which reflect growth in markets across Europe but also the Middle East and Africa, mean we will not only be recruiting from the local economy but supporting local businesses by increasing our footprint.”
Menlo Park, California-based Facebook established its international headquarters in Dublin, Ireland in Oct 2008.
At that, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg explained why they chose Dublin. “After exploring various locations throughout the region, we decided Ireland was the best place to establish our new headquarters,” said Sandberg. “The talent pool in Dublin is world-class and recruiting local talent will help us better understand the needs of local users and the regional dynamics that, in turn, can give us better insight into what features matter most.”
Barry O’Leary, chief executive of IDA Ireland, said that social media was a key strategic industry for Ireland in terms of job creation, and that no brand name better represents that sector’s thriving growth than Facebook.
“Employment intensive services are a key focus of IDA’s Horizon 2020 strategy. The latest expansion and the nature of the employment being created illustrate how important the company is to the digital media cluster Ireland has developed over recent years,” added O’Leary.
Facebook has already kicked off the hiring process for these 100 new jobs by advertising the positions on their careers page at www.facebook.com/jobs.