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Brain Gain for Northern Ireland

For the last 10 years we have been regularly reminded that a large proportion of our school leavers have been leaving Northern Ireland, expected never to return. Known as the 'brain drain' generation, now it seems the tide is turning.

Latest figures reported show a 14% increase in the number of indigenous Northern Ireland candidates currently living elsewhere and seeking professional career opportunities back home. The trend has been growing over the last three years to its current peak in 2018. Frances Lundy, Managing Director of Riada Resourcing comments,

“My own story started with me leaving home at 18 for London then Australia so I understand the motivation of our young people wanting to explore the world and take up opportunities overseas. However, I believe Northern Ireland is one of the best places in the world to live and work. The last 10 years has seen a growth in opportunities in all levels, whether it is Hospitality, Engineering or Tech, I am personally thrilled that the results of this survey has confirmed what we at Riada have been seeing for a while, more people are looking to return home with excellent experience and skills gained over seas. This will all feed into the growth of the Northern Ireland economy.”

Belfast and Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast was rated world’s best region to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet. The advent of positive press around visiting Northern Ireland is having a huge impact on the profile of the region, posts are shared globally by friends, family and businesses opening the eyes of a whole generation that left thinking there were no opportunities at home.

Riada has been growing a strong base of candidates keen to move home by connecting on social channels, via email marketing and most recently by actively reaching out on Linkedin. The team are building a growing pipeline of high quality talent that are open to opportunities and available.


Find out how Riada can help source high quality, skilled candidates for your business... get in touch today on 028 7032 6600 or send an email to for a confidential discussion.

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