LinkedIn welcomes millionth Irish member to network

LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, has racked up 1m Irish members.

The networking giant, which employs more than 400 people at its international headquarters in Dublin, confirmed its millionth Irish member yesterday and said members in this country are some of the most engaged in the world for LinkedIn.

Sharon McCooey, the company’s head of international operations, said reaching 1m Irish members was “an important milestone” for LinkedIn.

“True to form, Irish people are as social on LinkedIn as they are in the real world. Our data also shows that our Irish members are one of the most engaged audiences in the world for LinkedIn. They’re adding new information to their profiles, share knowledge, build their network and get access to a world of potential connections, business partners, investors, employers and employees,” she said.

The CEO of Irish company Soundwave, Brendan O’Driscoll, cited just how useful the site was when he secured the backing of one of the original founders of Apple for his company — an innovative music app.

“LinkedIn has proved invaluable for my business. Using LinkedIn I was able to connect with Steve Wozniak, who then went on to offer us invaluable expertise and help us develop our product. It is an excellent networking tool, connecting Ireland with every corner of the world. Anyone serious about doing business on the world stage needs to be on it,” he said.

LinkedIn’s Irish membership data released to celebrate the announcement of the millionth member paints an interesting picture of the professional make-up of the country:

The biggest sector in terms of employment is the hi-tech industry, while the biggest employer of Irish LinkedIn members is the HSE. More Irish LinkedIn members were educated in University College Dublin than any other university in Ireland.

Additional LinkedIn data from an upcoming report found that more than 100,000 of its LinkedIn’s Irish members now live and work abroad — 50% of whom are still based in Europe. Overall, Irish emigrants are 47% more likely to work in corporate officer positions than people living here.

Popular list

The top three most popular entries across a range of categories based on LinkedIn’s Irish membership.

* Companies

1. HSE

2. AIB

3. Bank of Ireland

* Colleges

1. University College Dublin

2. Dublin Institute of Technology

3. Trinity College Dublin

* Industries

1. Hi-tech

2. Financial services

3. Construction

* Groups

1. Irish Executives

2. Ireland Business and Professional Network

3. Engineers Ireland Official Group


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