Facebook Adds Hundreds Of Jobs In The UK, Apparently Not Worried About Brexit

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Facebook plans on hiring 500 new people in the U.K. for 2017, which would increase the staff in the area by 50 percent.

The social media company’s investment seems to show that it is not worried about the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union, known as Brexit.

“The UK is definitely one of the very best places to be a technology company,” Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa, said, according to Reuters.

Many people who pushed for the U.K. to remain in the EU cautioned that international corporations would leave the country if Brexit passed.

But Facebook isn’t the only Silicon Valley company to increase its reach in Great Britain.

Google announced in November that it will expand its influence in the U.K. by creating a new building to house thousands of additional engineers in the coming years.

“Historically, the UK has been an open and connected economy, and like a lot of businesses we are proud of and rely on the fact that we recruit the best talent from around world. We are optimistic that this situation will continue,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai told Reuters.

“That’s why we are investing in London in both engineering talent and infrastructure,” he continued.

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