Over one million people in Ireland now on LinkedIn

By: November 5, 2013
More Irish LinkedIn members were educated in University College Dublin than any other university in Ireland More Irish LinkedIn members were educated in University College Dublin than any other university in Ireland

LinkedIn’s membership in Ireland has just passed the one million mark. The company, which employs over 400 people at its international headquarters in Dublin, also says its Irish members are some of the most engaged in the world for LinkedIn.

“One million Irish members is an important milestone for us, illustrating that Irish professionals really understand the potential of LinkedIn to network, showcase their experience and seek out job opportunities. 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, sharing knowledge, building their network and getting access to a world of potential connections, business partners, investors, employers and employees,” said Sharon McCooey, head of international operations, LinkedIn.

LinkedIn also revealed some interesting facts about Irish members on LinkedIn. More Irish LinkedIn members were educated in University College Dublin than any other university in Ireland. The biggest sector in terms of employment is the hi-tech industry and the biggest employer of Irish LinkedIn members is the HSE.

One million Irish members – the ‘fast facts’
The following section outlines 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

Universities
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

The Diaspora factor
Additional LinkedIn data from a soon-to-be-published report reveals that over 100,000 of its 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 CXO (corporate officer) positions than Ireland based employees. Interestingly, there are more Irish emigrants working as corporate officers in Corporate, High-Tech and Finance industries than those based in Ireland.