Social media giant Facebook announced its plan to create 10,000 new high-skilled jobs within the European Union (EU) over the next five years to help build its “metaverse”.
The computing platform is a a new phase of interconnected virtual experiences using technologies like virtual and augmented reality.
In September, Facebook had a announced a US$50 million investment in global research and programme partners to ensure these products are developed responsibly.
Facebook believes that the metaverse has the potential to help unlock access to new creative, social and economic opportunities.
Mark Zuckerberg himself has in the past discussed his desire to transition Facebook into a metaverse company, seeing it as the next logical step for the social media network.
Nick Clegg, VP Global Affairs, and Javier Olivan, VP Central Products said,
“As we begin the journey of bringing the metaverse to life, the need for highly specialised engineers is one of Facebook’s most pressing priorities. We look forward to working with governments across the EU to find the right people and the right markets to take this forward, as part of an upcoming recruitment drive across the region. And as Facebook continues to grow in Europe, we hope to invest more in its talent and continue to innovate in Europe, for Europe and the world.”