LinkedIn has announced plans today to invest in its international headquarters in Dublin after acquiring a 17,507sq m site at Wilton Place. The new site has capacity to see LinkedIn’s current Irish workforce grow from 600 to 1,200 people in the future. Construction work on the new International headquarters will begin in May 2015 with building works expected to be completed at the beginning of 2017.

Since its arrival in Dublin in March 2010, LinkedIn has grown substantially from an initial 3 people, to more than 600 employees today. The company bases a variety of different functions including sales and marketing at its offices in Wilton Place.

Commenting on the announcement, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD said: “Ireland’s success in attracting and growing jobs in the world’s biggest ‘born on the internet’ companies is the envy of many countries. This investment brings huge knock-on benefits for Ireland – including extra jobs in supply and service companies, as well as a huge boost to our reputation. Encouraging jobs growth in these world-leading companies is a key aim of the Action Plan for Jobs, and today’s announcement that LinkedIn is making a major investment in its operations here, with the capacity to grow its workforce from 600 to 1200 people, is great news. I wish LinkedIn every success with its operations here, and look forward to continue working with them as they continue to invest and grow jobs here”.

Sharon McCooey, Senior Director, LinkedIn Ireland, added: With 1.2 million members, Ireland is now one of LinkedIn’s top markets when it comes to member penetration. For that reason we are extremely pleased to be announcing a further investment in Ireland and an expansion of our operational presence here. Dublin is now home to a very vibrant digital technology sector and with that comes an important ecosystem for companies like ours as well as the strong pool of talented digital professionals that we need access to in order to further grow our operations in the future.”

IDA CEO, Martin Shanahan said: “LinkedIn’s investment speaks volumes about the talented workforce in Ireland, one of the key factors in their decision to make a long term commitment here.  Not only is Ireland one of the best places to do business in the world, but it is also at the heart of a thriving technology sector. Apart from being a major employer in Ireland, LinkedIn is helping to strengthen business relationships by connecting influential business people across the globe.  We look forward to continue to work with LinkedIn into the future and helping them to fulfil their ambition in Ireland.”

Some key facts about LinkedIn’s Irish membership include:

  • The biggest sector represented in terms of employment is the hi-tech industry, followed by the construction sector and the financial services sector;
  • More Irish LinkedIn members were educated in University College Dublin than any other university in Ireland;
  • The three most prominent current employers appearing on member’s profiles are the HSE, AIB and Bank of Ireland;
  • The top three titles used on profiles by Irish members are Owner followed by Director and then Manager;
  • The most prominent skill listed by members is management followed by sales and then training;
  • The three most popular groups are the Irish Executives Group, the Irish Business and Professional Network and the Engineers Ireland Official Group.