The social network Facebook announced this Sunday that it will create 10,000 new qualified jobs in Europe in the next five years. Although the company does not specify countries, the specialized media CNBC assured that it will focus its search for talent in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands and Ireland.
The aim of the company is to shape what it has dubbed “metaverse”, a meeting space between individuals in the digital universe. In July, the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, had already announced that he would form a team to develop this digital universe in which multiple people can interact within a virtual environment in three dimensions.
“This investment is a vote of confidence in the strength of the European technology industry and the potential of European talent in the area of technologies,” said Facebook Vice President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg and Vice President of Products in a statement. company headquarters, Javier Olivan. “Europe is enormously important to Facebook,” said Clegg and Olivan, highlighting the avant-garde work of European companies in areas such as biotechnology and digital banking.
The directors of the social network point out that in Spain there are record levels of investment in emerging companies “that are solving everything, from the delivery of supermarket purchases to neuroelectronics, while Sweden is on its way to becoming the first moneyless society in effective by 2023 ″.
Facebook has recognized that it cannot build that space alone, so it has announced an investment of $ 50 million to collaborate with other companies and academics to help it determine how that space can be created “responsibly.” “No single company will own or operate the metaverse. Like the internet, its main feature will be its openness and interoperability. Bringing it to life will require collaboration between companies, developers, creators and policy makers, ”the note emphasizes.
The social network calculates that many of the products that will make up the “metaverse” will not be fully available for another 10 or 15 years, and for this it needs “highly specialized engineers” who will be looking mainly in Europe.
“We look forward to working with governments across the European Union to find the right people and markets to do this, within an upcoming recruitment drive in the region,” the statement said.
The company assured that it is attracted to the advantages of investing in Europe, such as its “large consumer market, its universities” and its quality talent, although it considered it necessary to “complete the single digital market to support” those qualities and prioritize the “stability in international data flows”.