Spotify to double UK workforce as it moves to 60,000 sq ft London office

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Spotify’s UK operation is about to get a lot bigger.

The company is set to move from its current premises in London’s West End to the Adelphi building in the centre of the city, close to Trafalgar Square.

It is believed to have taken a 60,000 sq ft office complex in the building, with monthly rent expected to run into the millions.

According to Bloomberg, it’s also going to double its current UK workforce over the next two years, which currently stands at around 200 people.

The news comes nine months after Spotify announced it would be expanding its New York workforce by 1,000 employees and moving into 4 World Trade Center in the US city.

Although Spotify hasn’t officially commented on the news or confirmed when its new office will open, it has confirmed its plans to significantly expand its Research and Development footprint in London.

London will become Spotify’s latest R&D hub, according to the company, adding to its existing global footprint of hubs in Stockholm, Gothenburg, New York, San Francisco, and Boston.

“London will be one of our major hubs where we’ll house key investment areas including expansion of our subscription-commerce capabilities.”

“London has made the decision of where to grow our next R&D hub an extremely easy one. It has a vibrant start-up community, and a wealth of great tech talent, making it the perfect location in which to build out our talented R&D team,” Jason Richman, VP Product at Spotify commented.

“London will be one of our major hubs where we’ll house key investment areas including expansion of our subscription-commerce capabilities.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “London is the best place in the world for ambitious businesses looking to expand and our technology sector continues to go from strength to strength. Spotify is the latest in a long line of companies who realise that London simply cannot be beaten for innovation, with a deep pool of tech talent and a complex business ecosystem that can’t be replicated anywhere else.”

The initial roles available in London will span all R&D functions with emphasis on engineering across front end, back end, machine learning, data and leadership. The company is also looking to match this rapid growth in the product, design and insights functions as they scale up this new location.Music Business Worldwide

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