Professional networking site LinkedIn has said it plans to cut about 960 jobs, or 6% of its global workforce, as the coronavirus pandemic is having a sustained impact on demand for its recruitment products.

The company said jobs will be cut across sales and hiring divisions of the group globally.

A statement issued by Chief Executive Ryan Roslansky suggests that Irish operations will be impacted, but does not state to what extent.

"Employees in Ireland, the UK, and Australia have begun consultation about potential impacts to roles and we will continue to work through those locally," he said.

Around 2,000 staff are employed by LinkedIn in Ireland and it is understood that the number of jobs at risk here would likely mirror the 6% global figure.

LinkedIn said employees affected by its job cuts will be informed this week and they will start receiving invitations in the next few hours to meetings to learn more about next steps.

"If you don't receive a meeting invite, you are not directly impacted by this change," Mr Roslansky said.

Mr Roslansky said affected staff, who have not yet been told, would be able to keep company-issued cell phones, laptops, and recently purchased equipment to help them work from home while making career transitions.

As lockdowns to contain the coronavirus have hit businesses around the world, LinkedIn's business has been hit as companies lay off staff or sharply curtail hiring.