Photo - Olivier Legrand, Managing Director, LinkedIn Asia Pacific and Japan.
Professional online network site LinkedIn said more than three million Malaysian professionals are now on the site, which is also linked to an important milestone in the region.
The Malaysian member base grew by one million within a year, said LinkedIn's managing director, Asia Pacific and Japan, Oliver Legrand. The Asia Pacific region (APAC) has also crossed the 100-million member mark, doubling its member base within just two years.
"The rapid pace at which we increased our members in Malaysia to three million and doubled our member base in the APAC region from 50 to 100 million members makes this milestone even more special," said Legrand.
"It also reflects a growing understanding of the economic value of personal branding and a global professional network," he said. "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."
Legrand said that with 37 million members, India keeps the second largest market spot in member base terms, after the US, and the largest market in APAC.
China currently accounts for more than 23 million members, while Australia has 8 million members. Besides Malaysia, the member base across other Southeast Asian countries continues to rise, hitting 18 million including 6 million in Indonesia, 4 million in the Philippines, and 1 million in Singapore.
Legrand said LinkedIn Influencers included Tony Fernandes (Group CEO, AirAsia), Piyush Gupta (Group CEO, DBS Bank), Hiroshi Mikitani (CEO, Rakuten Inc.), Andrew Penn (CEO, Telstra), Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (Chairman & Managing Director, Biocon) and Narendra Modi (Prime Minister of India).
He said LinkedIn opened a new RM240 (US$59.55) million data centre in Singapore in April 2016, its first outside of the US, to deliver a better experience to regional members.
"With 40 percent or 280 million of the world's professionals living and working in Asia Pacific, there's still plenty of runway for us to grow," Legrand said.
"With students from local public universities being top users of the platform, there is a lot of opportunities for us to grow as students and young professionals make up the fastest-growing demographic on LinkedIn," he said. "As the APAC region continues to gain momentum as a key economic driver, we can't wait to see our members become even more successful and extend their influence across the world."
Insights into LinkedIn members in Malaysia
- Well-connected regionally and globally: Members in Malaysia open doors to new opportunities by staying well connected to members across the region like Singapore, India, Indonesia and China. Global countries like the US and UK also sit within the Top 5 countries that professionals in Malaysia are connected to.
-"Social Selling": In Malaysia, professionals are using LinkedIn to grow their business and career. Even across other markets like Australia, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore, salesperson emerged as the most common occupation on LinkedIn, followed by business owners. Professionals avoid "cold-calling" and leverage social connections to initiate "warm introductions", build relationships with prospects and customers to grow their businesses.
-Diverse set of skills: Professionals in Malaysia on LinkedIn have a diverse set of skills that make it easier for recruiters and employers to source for candidates. Among the top 10 skills possessed by Malaysian professionals include "strategy and strategic planning", "graphical design" and "mechanical & aerospace engineering".
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