Thursday 18 July 2019

800 new jobs at LinkedIn credited to 'talent pool' in the capital

Sharon McCooey, head of LinkedIn Ireland. Photo: Naoise Culhane
Sharon McCooey, head of LinkedIn Ireland. Photo: Naoise Culhane
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

LinkedIn is creating 800 new jobs in Dublin over the next 12 months in a move which will bring its headcount in Ireland to 2,000.

Recruitment for the roles has already started, and the professional social network site is looking to fill position in sales, marketing, customer service, analysis and finance.

Sharon McCooey, head of LinkedIn Ireland, said: "Our growth in Ireland continues at a phenomenal pace... 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."

LinkedIn is focusing on expanding in Dublin because of the "talent pool" in the capital city. "It's a fantastic place to work, people love to work here and it's a great liveable city," Ms McCooey added.

The company, which has more than two million members in Ireland and 630 million around the world, said that, to date, it has not seen any problems with employees here trying to find accommodation, despite the housing crisis.

"We have a good working relationship with all of the government agencies; we think the Government is doing the right things in terms of putting down infrastructure for the future," Ms McCooey said.

"We ourselves are focused on our own commercial real estate and we think the Government and other commercial parties, in terms of residential accommodation, are doing what's necessary."

The tech group is also renewing its 'ReturnIn' programme. The initiative provides support for people returning to employment after taking time out to look after children or act as a carer.

Yesterday's news was welcomed by Minister for Business Heather Humphreys, who 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."

Irish Independent

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