London gets Silicon Valley approval as Facebook launches UK recruitment drive

Facebook is scouring London for the best engineering talent as the company boosts its presence over our side of the pond with a fresh recruitment spree.

In a boon for the city, an announcement on the social network sounds out London as the ideal destination for Facebook to continue its insurmountable growth. “London is a perfect fit for Facebook engineering - it's a global hub, and it has a vibrant local startup community with lots of great technical talent.”

Fronting the team at Facebook’s British HQ at Covent Garden (pictured above) is software engineer Philip Su, and over 20 jobs in the capital are already advertised on the company’s career page. “Our team in London will start small, focusing on building a core of great engineers, and then grow over time and eventually focus on building products in key areas like mobile and platform,” says the company.

The UK’s tech talent will certainly be drawn to roles available in software engineering and data centre design and operations, while candidates are also sought in developer relations, monetisation, recruitment, sales and other areas.

“We are a culture of builders, and the environment we plan to create in London will reflect that,” claims Facebook. “Despite the size of our service - 900 million users and growing - we still push new code to the site every day. We eliminate unnecessary process and give all our engineers the opportunity to work on the things that matter most. “

The announcement’s reference to mobile is no doubt at the core of Facebook’s latest expansion. Reaping financial gain from the increasing numbers accessing the social network from mobile devices is at the forefront of the company’s concerns, as it bids to create a sustainable business model for the long term.