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Facebook still plans to “aggressively” increase the number of employees at its European headquarters in Ireland, but the company’s comprehensive policy, which allows permanent remote work from other countries, will slow that growth over time, the country’s head said on Friday. ).

The Irish economy is heavily dependent on multinational companies employing one in eight Irish workers, and any move to facilitate long-distance work abroad would exacerbate the challenge already posed by the planned global review of corporate taxes.

Facebook, one of Ireland’s largest employers with 3,000 employees and 3,000 outsourced resources, will allow some workers to switch permanently after many years of working remotely due to the Kovid-19 pandemic.

Qualified employees of Facebook offices in Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the UK can move to these locations. He added that the US-based team could go to Canada.

Gareth Lambe of Facebook Ireland said he was still evaluating how many Irish employees were eligible to take advantage of the policy. Less than half of its staff are Irish citizens.

“We’re going to continue to grow aggressively,” he told national broadcaster RTE, adding that it plans to add 7,000 employees to a new campus in Dublin, covering 57,000 square meters, over the next year or two.

Referring to the telecommuting policy, he said it would not significantly affect Facebook’s job growth in Ireland. We aim to add another 700 employees this year, and we will continue to do so, and we will continue to grow.

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“But this is an important development. In the future, over the next few years and decades, growth in jobs and numbers will not be as rapid as in Ireland.”

Lambe said Facebook’s top decision makers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will continue to be headquartered in Dublin and its corporate finances will not change.

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