DUBLIN, June 11 (Reuters) – Facebook still plans to “aggressively” increase the number of employees at its European headquarters in Ireland, but the company’s policy of allowing permanent remote work from other countries could slow that growth over time, said Friday. her Irish leader. …
The Irish economy relies heavily on multinationals employing roughly one in eight Irish workers, and any move to facilitate teleworking abroad will exacerbate the problem already posed by the planned global corporate tax review.
Facebook, which is one of Ireland’s largest such employers, with around 3,000 full-time employees and another 3,000 contractors, will allow some workers to permanently relocate after more than a year of working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eligible employees at Facebook offices in Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the UK will be able to relocate to another of these locations. He added that employees from the United States can also relocate to Canada.
Gareth Lambeau of Facebook Ireland said he is still deciding how many Irish employees will be eligible to benefit from this policy. Less than half of its employees are Irish citizens.
“We’re going to continue to grow aggressively,” he told national broadcaster RTE, citing a move over the next year or two to a new 57,000 square meter campus in Dublin, which he hopes to fill with 7,000 employees.
“This will not have a significant impact on Facebook employment growth in Ireland,” he said, referring to the remote work policy. “We have a goal of adding about 700 more employees this year, and we are going to continue to do so, and we will continue to grow,”
“But this is a significant evolution, and in the future, in the coming years and decades, it is possible that job growth and job growth may not be as fast in Ireland as it would have been before.”
Lambeau said major decision makers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will continue to be based in Dublin, which means that his corporate tax status will not change. However, those who constantly move abroad will no longer pay income tax in Ireland.
In response to the move, Irish Finance Minister Pashal Donoho said that one of the consequences of the pandemic would be much greater mobility of workers across national borders, but foreign direct investment would remain “an integral part” of Ireland’s economic model.
(Reporting by Padraik Halpin Editing by Francis Kerry)