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Top 5 industries that are still hiring in 2020

Updated: Apr 29, 2021

2020 has been a year full of questions and uncertainty, especially in regards to the jobs market. You could be forgiven for thinking that job opportunities are lacking and that the hiring process has slowed down somewhat. However, Riada is experiencing an increase in employers across the province who require our immediate recruitment services. Having successfully adapted to the ‘new normal’, companies in some sectors are now preparing for the future and need quality staff quickly to push forward, meet deadlines and deliver on demand. The working world has become a daunting prospect this year, but there are industries where demand is steadily growing across the UK, resulting in new opportunities for people living in Northern Ireland.

The industries actively seeking skilled candidates in 2020 are Finance, Agri/Food, Engineering, people with a trade and IT. Below we explain the job opportunities that are available and take a look at the reasons behind this increasing demand.


Qualified and newly qualified financial and accounting professionals are very much in demand and this year clients across the province are planning ahead in regards to their recruitment efforts in order to attract the best talent possible and really push forward coming into 2021.

Agri/ Food

In Northern Ireland, our agricultural industry is one of the biggest and most profitable province wide. NI Direct has commented on the sheer demand for people with experience in food production ranging from Production & Packaging Operatives, Delivery Drivers, Quality Officers, Food Scientists, Health & Safety Officers to Supply Chain Managers in order to support our essential industries.


The Royal Academy of Engineering estimates there’s an annual demand for an extra 59,000 engineers in companies throughout the UK. For people currently studying civil, mechanical, electrical or construction related disciplines, recent graduates or experienced professionals, there are roles available from entry to senior level positions right now.

Trades People

The need for tradespeople in Northern Ireland has increased dramatically in 2020 with joiners, bricklayers, mechanics, electricians and manufacturing operatives highly sought after by companies supporting DIY, building and woodwork industries! Pursuing a career in construction is becoming an increasingly savvy move with immediate income available, apprenticeships offering the possibility to ‘earn while you learn’ and many employment opportunities available. The next generation choosing a career in the trades industry will help build a sustainable skills base.

Tech/ IT

The number of active job postings in the UK topped a million in July 2020, with a particular surge in job ads for IT professionals, according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). Our team are finding the demand for software engineers, web developers and IT professionals from junior to senior levels is growing rapidly.


Opportunities for new employment in 2020 are certainly out there, get in touch with our team to find out what positions are available for you in Northern Ireland.


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