Fast-growing short video platform TikTok has opened an office in London, making the city its main hub in Europe, CNBC reported Friday, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter.
London is the only city in Europe where TikTok is actively recruiting engineers to develop new features for its app, even though the continent is currently not a major source of users.
“They are on a big hiring spree,” a London-based tech worker who was approached by a TikTok recruiter told CNBC.
The ByteDance-owned app is currently recruiting workers for 117 vacancies in London, including a lead machine learning engineer and a lead solutions engineer, accounting for about 14% of its new global workforce opportunities, the report said, citing LinkedIn data.
TikTok is willing to pay the lead machine learning engineer an annual basic salary of £200,000 ($246,000), another source told CNBC, who claimed to be contacted for the role.
TikTok also has offices in European cities including Paris, Berlin and Dublin.
However, the app is not viewed favorably by some European governments. On Friday, Reuters reported that the Dutch Data Protection Authority will investigate whether TikTok adequately protects the privacy of young users and whether the app clearly states how it uses data. The company is facing similar headwinds in the U.S.
So far, TikTok has been downloaded 2 billion times on Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store combined, with India, China and the U.S. being the top three download sources.
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