The online fashion retailer ASOS has unveiled its plans to hire 1,500 staff, which will cover technology, marketing, content and retail at its London headquarters over the next three years. It will not only expand its workforce, but also take an additional 40,000 sq ft (3,700 sq metres) at its Camden headquarters to house the new recruits. Additionally, it will invest a further £40 million in expanding. It wants to create a “cutting-edge, tech-driven working environment for the future.”
The move follows similar announcements from Facebook and Google, which both plan to increase their staff numbers in the UK, despite fears that Brexit will make the country a less attractive place to invest. Facebook announced last month that will hire an extra 500 UK workers for new central London headquarters, and Google said it would go ahead with plans to build a new headquarters in King’s Cross, creating 3,000 jobs.
ASOS has faced allegations of poor treatment of its staff at its Barnsley warehouse in recent months. However, its chief executive Nick Beighton said that the company had “nothing to hide.” Following the announcement about the expansion, he stated: “Our people are what make ASOS special. We are creating a workspace that fosters creativity, where they can enjoy what they do.”