LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional social network, has marked the milestone of growing its Irish membership to two million people by announcing that it is creating 800 new jobs which will bring its headcount at its Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) HQ in Wilton Place in Dublin to 2,000 people by summer next year. The expansion is a result of ongoing growth of its business.
This follows last year’s announcement that LinkedIn has signed a lease with IPUT plc, the largest owner of offices in Dublin, for a new 150,000 sq ft development at One Wilton Park, which is due for completion in late 2020 to facilitate its future potential growth requirements. LinkedIn will also continue to occupy its recently constructed building at Wilton Place.
Recruitment of the new positions has already commenced. LinkedIn has grown its headcount from 1,200 people to 1,500 people since its last expansion announcement. There are over 100 roles open today in areas such as sales, marketing, customer service, finance and analytics. The balance of positions to be filled by summer next year.
Recognising that Ireland is reaching full employment. LinkedIn is also renewing its ‘ReturnIn’ programme, piloted last year, which provides customised support for people returning to employment after taking time out to look after children or act as a carer. From today, all of the company’s open roles in Ireland encourage applications from returners, and customised support will be offered to successful candidates based on their needs.
Welcoming the announcement Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD said: “I am delighted to see this announcement from LinkedIn which reaffirms their commitment to Ireland and Dublin’s position as the Digital Capital of Europe. I am particularly pleased that LinkedIn’s ReturnIn scheme will provide extra support for those seeking to return to the workforce after taking a career break to look after children or acting as a carer. It is also encouraging to see a vibrant community of two million Irish members using the professional network to find jobs and drive business opportunities. I would like to wish the company well and look forward to our mutually beneficial relationship continuing to develop in the years ahead
Sharon McCooey, Head of LinkedIn Ireland, said: “Our growth in Ireland continues at a phenomenal pace, both as an employer, but also as a platform that two million Irish professionals have come to rely on to develop their careers and find their next job. Our Irish office has become our second largest office in the world, after our global HQ, and our Irish members are some of the most active and engaged on our platform. We’re hugely grateful to the Government, the IDA, and the people of Dublin, for their support which has enabled us to grow from a team of three people to 2,000.”
Welcoming the announcement Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland said “LinkedIn’s ability to grow its team in Dublin at such an impressive rate in recent years is a great endorsement of the talented workforce in Ireland. This is yet another significant investment by the company in the country and clearly demonstrates LinkedIn’s long-term commitment to Ireland.