LinkedIn- No Irish Jobs

43 LinkedIn Business Groups with over 150,000 members but less than 300 jobs.

LinkedIn is a great business networking tool; however when it comes to Irish jobs for people seeking employment (sales, marketing, management) in Ireland it does not look so good. I am a member of 50 business groups on LinkedIn; of these the 43 Irish business groups I am a member of are focused on Irish business, sales, management, marketing and technology.

As the Irish economy is booming with projected growth rates of between 4.6% and 5.7% in 2015 and 2016 (rte, NTMA) and as we are well into 2015 I wanted to check out how the jobs available on my LinkedIn groups were going to be able to keep up with the skill shortage the Irish press love to write about.

The table below lists out the 43 group NAMES I am a member of, with the membership numbers and then jobs or roles available. Of the 354 roles available when you remove duplicate postings on multiple groups the number drops well below 300. Also with my Ireland Inc. hat on, I could only find 1 or 2 roles for local Irish companies, are these numbers a truer reflection on the local Irish economy, 2 roles across 43 very active LinkedIn groups?

Group Name Members Jobs
1 121 Marketing Network Ireland (First Wednesday Club) 4836 0
2 All About Business Ireland 4744 0
3 Venture Capital and Private Equity Ireland 401 0
4 The Startup Network | StartupRepublic.com 421 0
5 The Sales Institute of Ireland Group 2930 1
6 The Dublin Hub 225 0
7 The Board – Ireland 29 0
8 The “Business Owners Network” 5696 0
9 TechLudd: Digital Network 435 0
10 TechCentral.ie 568 0
11 Dublin Chamber of Commerce 3234 0
12 Startup Ireland 5347 1
13 Social Media Marketing Ireland 3120 1
14 SOCIAL MEDIA IRELAND 10430 17
15 SME Links Ireland 2070 0
16 Small Business Can 815 0
17 SALES LEADERSHIP IRELAND 2143 171
18 Paddytech 5939 1
19 OpenCoffee Ireland 1943
20 LI Mastery Ireland 28 0
21 IT Ireland 10972 10
22 Irish Technology Leadership Group 4030 0
23 Irish Software CEOs 426 0
24 Irish Software Association 4984 0
25 Irish SME’s 1919 0
26 Irish Sales Leadership Institute 408 0
27 Irish Non Executive Director (INED) Group 683 0
28 Irish Internet Association 2723 0
29 Irish Executives 22474 150
30 Irish Businesses Online 140 0
31 Irish Business Group 504 0
32 Irish Business Forums 140 0
33 Irish Business Association 996 0
34 Irish Angel Investment Forum 1351 0
35 Irelands SME Community 868 0
36 Irelands Small Business Community 5211 0
37 IrelandInc. 1223 0
38 Ireland Business and Professional Network 20000 1
39 Innovation Ireland 8491 0
40 Facebook for Business Ireland Powered By We Teach Social 3806 0
41 Enterprise Ireland 7546 0
42 eMarketing Ireland 1875 1
43 Dublin Business2Business Network 295 0
Total 156419 354
  • The 171 roles on Sales Leadership Ireland are dominated by Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, AdRoll where local SME’s seem to have very few jobs.
  • The 150 roles on Irish Executives contain a number of roles duplicated on Sales Leadership Ireland
  • Social Media Ireland had 1 local role.

What do these numbers tell us?

Well, the numbers tell us the average membership size on the 43 LinkedIn groups I belong to related to Ireland is 3,637. Again there is a large overlap with people being members of multiple groups. A quick calculation would suggest out of the 156,419 members on the groups, maybe 130,000 are unique profiles.

The numbers also tell us when roles within multi-national companies are removed there are very few open roles in local Irish companies.

I will leave it to the reader to draw their own conclusions and comments. Maybe companies simple do not use LinkedIn to advertise their open positions, maybe there are none. Maybe LinkedIn is not good at getting smaller companies to advertise available jobs, or maybe, just maybe the small number of job roles within local Irish companies is an accurate reflection of the local Irish economy.

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