LinkedIn has announced plans to build a new international headquarters in Dublin which would allow it to double its Irish workforce to 1,200 from 600 people, IDA Ireland said.

The professional internet network has acquired a 17,507 square metre site at Wilton Place in Dublin and construction work on the new headquarters will begin in May 2015 and is expected to be completed at the beginning of 2017.

LinkedIn employed just three people when it first came to Dublin in March 2010 but this has since grown to 600.

“Dublin is now home to a very vibrant digital technology sector and with that comes an important ecosystem for companies like ours as well as the strong pool of talented digital professionals that we need access to in order to further grow our operations in the future,” LinkedIn director Sharon McCooey said.