• Annita McCullagh

NI Recruitment Trends for 2018


According to the Quarterly Employment Survey, the total number of employee jobs increased over the year (11,600 jobs) to 752,040 in September 2017. Increases were experienced in the manufacturing, construction and services sectors with the services sector accounting for the majority (71%) of the growth.

Private sector jobs increased over the year (2.1% or 11,200 jobs) to their highest level since records began in 1974. (Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency 2017).

The Northern Ireland Quarterly Sectoral Forecasts report, published in January by Danske Bank, estimates that the Northern Ireland economy grew by 1.1 per cent in 2017 and is expected to grow by 1.0 per cent in 2018.

Luke Simpson, Construction Recruitment Specialist comments...

“So there are certainly things to be positive about in the local construction sector, including the fact that Northern Ireland firms are continuing to win work in GB, as well as Dublin, where plenty of activity is taking place. This is promising for the recruitment sector, the growth will create new opportunities for professionals in Northern Ireland helping to boost our economy and attract further business.”

Gary Thompson, Engineering Consultant at Riada Resourcing comments...

“Due to substantial growth within the Engineering and Manufacturing sectors, Riada foresee an upsurge for recruiting temporary and permanent engineering roles. In 2018, Riada Engineering have ambitious growth plans and are undergoing a major recruitment drive to adapt quickly to emerging trends and market developments. Confidence has lead to growth within the Riada team as a whole.”

If you are thinking about recruiting for your growing business, Riada has the candidates and resources to help you.

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