Press Release 18 Feb 2013

Social networking giant updates status to 500 jobs in Dublin international HQ

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD today announced that Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) is to create more than 100 new roles at its international HQ, Facebook Ireland, updating its status to 500 jobs in Dublin as it continues its current phase of expansion.

“Ireland is a great hub of international tech talent which is one reason why Facebook has its international HQ in Dublin. 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.” Mr Gareth Lambe, Acting Head of Office for Facebook Ireland

Facebook is seeking staff to work in a range of functions and has already kicked off the hiring process by advertising the jobs on their online notice board www.facebook.com/jobs. Facebook’s Dublin office is its international headquarters and currently employs around 400 people in a broad range of roles including user operations, advertising, sales, policy and safety.
 
The roles will have a significant economic impact and Facebook’s Dublin operation works closely with the Irish government, via the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and IDA Ireland.

Minister Bruton has met senior executives from Facebook in their California headquarters as part of an intensive programme of IDA investment missions since taking office.

Making the announcement, Minister Bruton said: “ICT is a key sector targeted in the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs, and we are determined to build on the major successes in this sector in recent years, in particular by supporting the further development of the thriving cluster around Dublin’s docklands. 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. This represents a significant economic commitment to Ireland by Facebook and I wish them every success with their operations here”.

Mr Gareth Lambe, Acting Head of Office for Facebook Ireland said: “Ireland is a great hub of international tech talent which is one reason why Facebook has its international HQ in Dublin. 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.”

The Chief Executive of IDA Ireland, Mr Barry O’Leary said: ``Social media remains a key strategic industry for Ireland in terms of job creation, and 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’’.
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