This week it was announced by Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg that the company plans to hire 1,000 people across 60 teams in Ireland in 2019. The jobs created will span the engineering, safety, legal, policy, marketing and sales teams.
This follows on from the announcement in November 2018 that Facebook is expanding its investment in Ireland by acquiring a long-term lease of 14 acres for a new campus development in the heart of Ballsbridge in Dublin 4; the premises known as the Bankcentre currently occupied by AIB.
It was also announced that Facebook would triple its investment in online safety programmes run by the National Anti-Bullying Centre (ABC) and SpunOut.ie, bringing the total investment to €1m. The funding will go towards research and an online training program for teachers and parents of secondary school students. An online safety resource for teenagers will also be created in partnership with SpunOut.ie.
The announcements were made at the Facebook Gather event, held in Croke Park bringing SMEs from across Europe together.