LinkedIn announced the addition of 200 jobs in Dublin on the day its CEO, Jeff Weiner visited the company’s EMEA headquarters and met with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD.
Established in Ireland in 2010 with just three employees, LinkedIn has since grown to become one of Ireland’s leading technology employers. Today 1,000 employees work across all product lines and support over 50 markets, from the UK to as far as Poland, Turkey and South Africa.
With this announcement 200 additional roles will be created, expanding the team to support ongoing growth in the region, with new roles in sales & sales support, customer operations, and engineering. The growing engineering team in Ireland is focused on natural language processing and machine learning, in which Dublin is increasingly a centre of expertise.
Commenting, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD said, “I welcome LinkedIn’s continued growth in Ireland with the addition of these 200 new jobs. Today’s announcement is further demonstration that our skilled people are highly attractive to the world’s leading technology firms. We have worked hard to create a positive business environment for companies like LinkedIn who are investing here because of our open economy, skilled people, and our strong relationship with Europe and progressive society which makes Ireland an attractive place for people to work and live. More broadly the Government is prioritising work with our European partners to progress the digital single market to break down the barriers to new growth opportunities across the continent.”
Jeff Weiner, CEO LinkedIn said, “At LinkedIn, we’re continuing to invest in the people and infrastructure required to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. Ireland has proven to be a very strategic location for us to headquarter our EMEA operations, and we look forward to growing our footprint in Ireland by expanding our already 1000-person team with another 200 employees.”
The announcement comes ahead of the completion of LinkedIn’s EMEA HQ at Wilton Place, with construction set to finish in 2017.
Sharon McCooey, Senior Director International Operations and site lead at LinkedIn Ireland at LinkedIn said: “We are so proud to welcome our Taoiseach and our CEO to our office today to share the fantastic news that our business continues to grow in Dublin. To meet that task, we’re looking for great sales, operations and engineering talent to join our team.”
Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland said “The availability of talent is the key differentiator for locations to win FDI. LinkedIn’s ability to scale its EMEA headquarters in Ireland at such an impressive rate in recent years is a great endorsement of the talented workforce available to innovative global companies. Dublin’s reputation internationally as a technology and internet hub is greatly strengthened by LinkedIn’s presence here.”