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Facebook plans to hire more remote workers in areas where the company doesn't have an office

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Facebook plans to hire more remote workers in areas where the company doesn't have an officeFacebook plans to hire more remote workers in areas where the company doesn't have an office

News24xx.com - Facebook Inc. plans to hire more remote workers in areas where the company doesn't have an office, and let some current employees work from home permanently if they'd like to.

Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said the company plans to "aggressively open up remote hiring" starting immediately with the U.S., particularly for engineering talent. Based on internal employee surveys, he believes remote workers could make up as much as 50% of Facebook's workforce in the next five to 10 years.

"We and a lot of other folks were very worried that productivity was going to really fall off a cliff," Zuckerberg said in an interview. "It just hasn't. We are at least as productive as we were before, and some people report being even more productive."

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The social network, which closed its Menlo Park, California, offices in early March due to the coronavirus outbreak, has already told employees that they can work from home through the end of the year. Zuckerberg shared the remote hiring plans with workers Thursday. Facebook had more than 48,000 global staff at the end of March.

"The vast majority of people at the company are working remotely anyway, so constraining ourselves to only hiring people who live near an office that's not open anyways isn't really that efficient," he added.

Facebook is the latest, and largest, tech company to announce a full or partial move to more permanent remote work amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Twitter Inc. and Square Inc., both run by CEO Jack Dorsey, have announced that their employees can work from home permanently if they'd like. Canadian e-commerce company Shopify Inc. said this week it will allow its 5,000 staff to work from home indefinitely.

It's a trend that could drastically change Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area, which has for decades been the mecca for high-paying technology jobs. Many of the world's most valuable companies, including Facebook, Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google are headquartered just south of San Francisco, which has made the surrounding area one of the wealthiest and most expensive in the world.

Facebook employees who wish to work remotely, and are approved to do so, will be paid based on their new location, Zuckerberg added. That means employees who move to areas with a lower cost of living than the Bay Area would likely take a pay cut. Employees currently working remotely who want to extend their remote work plans beyond the end of this year will need to alert Facebook for tax and payroll reasons.

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"We'll localize everybody's comp on January 1," he said. "They can do whatever they want through the rest of the year, but by the end of the year they should either come back to the Bay Area or they need to tell us where they are."





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