LinkedIn – it may be less fancy, but to many professionals, it’s far more important than Facebook and Twitter. What does this social network look like from the Central European perspective? Let’s find this out with Jana Filová, a researcher and a great blogger who agreed to share her findings, comparing the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary with the rest of the world on LinkedIn, on BabelGuide.
Until recently, statistics haven’t been available for Slovakia, but now we can see that it’s the smallest of the V4 (Visegrad) countries that positions itself as a leader in the high-tech category.
Read more and check the numbers in Jana’s article. Feel free to ask her more about LinkedIn in CEE and be sure to check her blog.
This spring has seen a growth in the number of LinkedIn members. A detailed analysis of data from Asia, Europe and North America shows that the highest relative increase in the second quarter of 2012 was recorded for European agriculture (+109.4%, but in reality, this equals only to 67.7 thousand of new members). In absolute terms, the largest growth was, once again, in Europe, for the Entry (Graduates) group, which grew by more than 2.6 million (+56.3%). In comparison, the Entry group increased in North America by 1.7 million (+10.5%) and in Asia by 0.7 million (+16.2%) during the same quarter.
We can now work with the data of Slovak LinkedIn members. Although Slovakia is not one of the largest countries, not even within the Visegrad Group (also known as V4, i.e. the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia), the V4 industry category split shows Slovakia as a leader in the high-tech category.
It is surely not accidental. The numbers are driven by activities of strong Slovak players operating in the world market, such as the antivirus developer ESET, and by presence of local branches of international companies like Asseco CE, HP, Microsoft, Ness, SAP, Siemens, and many others. The LinkedIn statistics also show that Slovakia has the highest percentage, of the V4 countries, in the Engineering category, classified according to job function.
Those who expected more significant differences in a relative comparison of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia might be probably disappointed. The V4 LinkedIn statistics, as most of categories are, except of really rare cases, very much the same. On the other hand, the graphs clearly show that the V4 countries are keeping up the high-tech pace with their global peers, at least on LinkedIn.