Facebook announced today that they have opened a London engineering office, adding to their Menlo Park, New York and Seattle engineering offices. The company has 22 open positions at the new office. Facebook says it has engineers scattered at its other numerous U.S. and foreign offices, but this is the first official international engineering office.
Calling the city a “perfect fit” in a blog post earlier today, Facebook software engineer and London team leader Philip Su wrote, “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.”
The company currently has over 901 million monthly active members and estimates that over 80% of those users are outside the U.S. and Canada.
With the demand for engineers far, far exceeding the supply in Silicon Valley and the States in general, Facebook is looking to tap into other talent pools, writing that London “ has a vibrant local startup community with lots of great technical talent.” While there are other talent pools besides London, I imagine the lack of a language barrier makes London one of the most attractive places for a new engineering team. Could more companies follow suit? And if so, where will they go once they’ve grabbed all the talent in London?
Update: I’ve obtained video of what I’m told is Mark Zuckerberg arriving in London. Groovy, baby.