Facebook’s workforce grew 38 percent in 2015

If you’re looking for a job at Facebook, chances are there’s an opening.

As Facebook expands its efforts in messaging, video, artificial intelligence and virtual reality, the Menlo Park tech firm has also been on a hiring spree, an annual report released Thursday by the company shows.

The Menlo Park tech firm had 12,691 employees as of December 2015, an uptick of about 38 percent compared to 2014. That year, the company reported a total of 9,199 employees.

Here’s a look at how the number of Facebook employees has grown since 2012:

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The report also notes that Facebook’s research and development expenses reached $4.82 billion in 2015, up from $2.67 billion in 2014.

Meanwhile, the company has been snapping up more land in Menlo Park, opening a new Frank Gehry-designed building in 2015 and then unveiling office plans for the construction of two office buildings on the 58 acres it purchased from TE Connectivity.

The company’s stock soared more than 16 percent at one point on Thursday afternoon following a fourth-quarter earnings report that beat Wall Street’s expectations.

Facebook’s annual report doesn’t break down where the hires are coming from, but if the company’s career page is any indicator, that hiring spree isn’t stopping in 2016.

There are still more than 580 job listings at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters, from copywriters to electrical engineer openings, according to a job search on its career page on Thursday.

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