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The Aussie stats behind LinkedIn's 100 million APAC membership swell

By Sara Barker, Thu 11 Aug 2016
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New statistics from LinkedIn's Talent Trends survey have shown that the company’s been growing strong in the Asia Pacific region, doubling its member count in just two years to more than 100 million professionals. The entire APAC region accounts for 22% of the entire global member count of 450 million professionals.

“The rapid pace at which we doubled our member base from 50 to 100 million members makes this milestone even more special. It also reflects a growing understanding of the economic value of personal branding and a global professional network. At this scale, LinkedIn is in an even stronger position to help members connect to economic opportunity, whether it’s a new job, a promotion or other business opportunities,” says Olivier Legrand, managing director, LinkedIn Asia Pacific and Japan.


Australian statistics show that its member base now totals 8 million, with the most common professions being salesperson, business owner and construction/maintenance tradesperson, hinting at the state of the industry.

Meanwhile, Telstra, Commonwealth Bank and National Australia bank have the most employees on LinkedIn Australia, highlighting the importance of networking in the finance and telecommunications industries.

The top three topics Australian professionals take an interest in include 'social media', 'employee engagement' and 'design thinking', which matches up well with the most common professional skills: 'process and project management', 'customer service' and 'business development and relationship management'.


Across the entire APAC region, India has the second largest member base globally, with 37 million member. Even more than China, which totals 23 million members. Southeast Asia accounts for 18 million members.

APAC members are using LinkedIn to grow both their careers and their businesses, with 'salesperson' and 'business owners' being common titles across not only Australia but China, Singapore and Hong Kong. Professionals are dropping the cold-calling routine and instead developing connections through LinkedIn.

Additionally, APAC members are taking an interest in global news. The survey found that across Singapore, China and Hong Kong, 'European Union' was one of the most popular topics on the site in the last 90 days after Brexit.

The APAC region has its share of thought leaders, including Tony Fernandes (AirAsia Group CEO), Andrew Penn (Telstra CEO), Narenda Modi (Indian Prime Minister) and Piyush Gupta (DBS Bank Group CEO).

Some of the more unusual country-to-country connections include more than 15,000 connections between Australia and Barbados, 700 between Hong Kong and Greenland, and 1000 between Singapore and Antarctica.

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