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Five industries that have plenty of job openings right now in Northern Ireland

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Broad range: retail is one of five Northern Irish industries which are brimming with opportunities right now | Photo: Blake Wisz

The last few years have seen a lot of uncertainty in the Northern Irish job market, with Covid, Brexit, and economic concerns all making things tough for our local industries – as well as for those looking to find work.

But despite the difficulties, job hunters can rest assured that there are currently hundreds of employers out there looking to grow their teams and find the right employees for their businesses.

In fact, Northern Ireland’s leading jobs website, NIJobs, has as many as 5,000 roles advertised across the country at the moment.

For those looking to make the next step in their career, we took a look at five different industries in Northern Ireland which have plenty of job openings right now.

From warehouse staff roles at Amazon’s new Logistics Centres, to software engineering roles throughout the country and lots of openings in the hospitality and retail sectors, there are many options for those seeking work.

Here are five industries in Northern Ireland that have job openings right now:

Hospitality

Covid may have put the brakes on hospitality across the UK for almost two years, but it’s fair to say that Northern Ireland’s excellent hospitality industry has come out fighting on the other end. Northern Ireland has a wealth of great hospitality outlets – with award-winning restaurants, chic city-centre bars, niche cafes, luxurious hotels, and bustling clubs and pubs.

With many businesses in this sector encountering staff shortages post-Covid, there are currently many jobs available in this industry – from part-time low-level roles, all the way up to permanent managerial roles – meaning that there’s enough on offer for first-time employees, as well as those who’ve worked in the industry for years. 

Warehouse staff

The warehouse industry is growing rapidly in Northern Ireland, meaning there are plenty of vacancies for people who want to work in this sector. Amazon is an ever-emerging presence across the country, and there are currently plenty of job openings in Amazon Logistics Centres in locations like Belfast and Portadown. Elsewhere, there are always lots of warehouse roles available which relate to food and the food service industry in Northern Ireland.

Jobs in warehouses can range from requiring no experience whatsoever, to higher-level jobs such as Team Managers. This means it’s worth your while taking a look at the range of roles on offer.

Software Engineering

Northern Ireland has become something of a hub for IT in recent years, meaning that software engineers are always in high demand for different local and international businesses.

These roles can involve working with some major, sought-after firms and clients, and can lead to rapid career progression. Needless to say, they can also be very, very lucrative!

As it stands, there are currently dozens of software engineering jobs available to apply for in Northern Ireland, meaning that good coders, inventive web designers, and thorough software builders can take their pick.

Retail

With customers still turning to retail stores and outlets for face-to-face contact and knowledge, it seems that the death of retail is far from being a certainty.

As with the hospitality industry, the retail sector in Northern Ireland is emerging from Covid lockdowns and finally beginning to get back on track. And, as with hospitality, many retail stores face staff shortages – meaning there are plenty of roles to fill.

Whether you’re looking for your first job or have the experience to fill a high-level role in the retail sector, there are many avenues open for you. Find a list of retail jobs to apply for here. 

Third-level education

In recent years, Belfast has worked hard to brand itself as a university city, welcoming thousands of local and international students to its two main universities – Queen’s University and the University of Ulster – as well as to its third-level schools and colleges, such as the Belfast Metropolitan College.

Due to this fact, there are currently plenty of jobs available related to third-level education. These can range from administrative roles, to Student Liasion Officer roles, to Lecturer roles in specific subjects.

Freelance journalist, travel writer, and copywriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Peter McGoran has worked as a staff writer for Hot Press Magazine and Belfast Live, and he has been published in the Daily Mirror NI, the Manchester Evening News, and the Daily Express.

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Why Potholes are a Problem for Businesses and What to Do About Them

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Potholes are a common issue across the country, with the RAC estimating more than one million of them in the UK.

Unless you run a garage, potholes are bad for businesses. The deep holes in a road’s surface can cause many vehicle issues, such as tyre damage or deflation, wheel rim bending, broken suspension springs, or alignment problems.

Unfortunately, potholes are a common issue across the country, as the RAC estimates there are more than one million in the UK.  So, why are they a problem for businesses, and what can they do about them?

What Causes Potholes?

A pothole develops when water seeps into the tiny cracks in a road surface, which commonly form due to excess traffic. The water may then freeze and expand, causing the cracks to become large once it thaws. It weakens the surface while allowing more water to enter, and the potholes could be exacerbated by heavy rainfall. Heavy traffic over the weak road causes a small hole to develop, which will grow due to the pressure of passing cars.

Why are Potholes Bad for Businesses?

Businesses have a duty of care to their employees, which is why potholes are a big problem, as they can pose a risk to employee safety on the road. Also, they could increase the risk of a collision with one or more motorists, pedestrians, or cyclists.

Potholes are a threat to businesses dependent on efficient road infrastructure and transportation, such as courier firms or logistics companies. If a pothole causes significant damage to a vehicle, a small business might be unable to operate for many days until the necessary repairs are complete. As a result, it could lead to a loss of business, customer dissatisfaction, and reputational damage.

What Can Businesses Do About Potholes?

Businesses cannot force local councils to fill potholes across towns and cities, but they can prevent the deep holes on their premises. Improve road safety on-site with a dependable pothole repair kit, which you can apply straight from a bucket and use in all weather conditions.

It will allow your business to create a safer, usable environment for all on-site vehicles. You can use it to fill gaps on various surfaces, such as drives, paths, cycle tracks, and manholes. It will minimise road safety issues and prevent your vehicles from sustaining damage on the premises.

Also, your business could request its employees avoid driving over potholes, but only when it is safe to do so. If it isn’t safe, they will have no option but to drive over them. However, they could decrease damage by reducing their speed or distancing their vehicle from other motorists if possible.

Potholes can pose a risk to employee safety and cause substantial damage to many business vehicles. If a vehicle experiences damage on the road, a company might have no other option but to spend a large sum on essential repairs to get it back on the road, which can drain its profitability.

Also, a lengthy vehicle repair could impact a business’s operations, affecting its revenue, customer satisfaction, and reputation. Unfortunately, you cannot change the UK’s roads, but you can repair potholes on-site and teach your drivers how to safely drive over them to prevent accidents and minimise repairs.

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Chocolate Lovers Wanted as Cadbury Seeks 48 Tasters in the UK

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• The roles involve tasting iconic brands such as Cadbury, Toblerone and Milka, and providing feedback to support product development.

Mondelēz International is recruiting 48 Sensory Panellist job roles at its historic Bournville site in Birmingham. The part-time roles, also known as chocolate tasters, will play a crucial role in product development by tasting and providing consistent, objective and honest feedback on new chocolate products, including iconic brands such as Cadbury, Toblerone and Milka.

Successful applicants will bring a passion for food, a desire to try new and inventive products, as well as a communicative personality to collaborate with other panellists. Full training is provided, including helping successful applicants to develop their taste buds and learn the specific vocabulary required to communicate feedback.

The Sensory Panellist roles are part of ongoing investment being made at the iconic Bournville site, the home of Cadbury, with the brand celebrating its 200th anniversary year. The roles, which were previously located at our Reading Scientific Services site in Wokingham, will now be based out of Mondelēz’s Global Centre of Excellence for Chocolate research and development at Bournville.

The roles play an important role in Mondelēz International’s commitment to world class innovation, ensuring it continues to adapt to changing consumer trends and delivering choice for consumers. Recently it has continued to enhance its health and wellbeing portfolio. In 2023 it launched Cadbury Delights, a new range of confectionary under 100 calories per bar, and in April this year it launched Cadbury Brunch Light, new non-HFSS (non-high in fat, salt and sugar) range of Cadbury Brunch Bars with each bar containing less than 100 calories.

“We are hugely excited to be recruiting 48 Sensory Panellists to join our amazing research and development team in Bournville. Often called a ‘dream job’ for many, the tasters will play an invaluable role in helping to develop the perfect taste profiles for our amazing products. Previously our Sensory Panellists have helped develop consumer favourites including Caramilk and Toblerone Truffles.

“We currently have around 600 employees working in a variety of research and development roles in the UK and are looking forward to welcoming our newly trained chocolate tasters to the team. They will enable us to continue to innovate and lead the future of snacking,” says Afsha Chugtai, Section Manager in the Consumer Science Team at Mondelēz International.

This year Cadbury is celebrating its 200th year anniversary. To mark the occasion the chocolatier has released a national television advert that reflects its core values of generosity; launched Cadbury Dairy Milk bars in stores with packaging designs from 1915 to the current day; and partnered with Alzheimer’s Research UK, donating £200,000 to support research to one day find a cure for dementia and drive awareness of the condition.

To find out more about careers at Mondelēz International and apply to become a chocolate taster, visit: https://www.mondelezinternational.com/careers

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Left-Wing Coalition Surprises in French Elections

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Non, merci: Far-Left Coalition shrinks Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen in surprising French elections. | Photo: Peter Curbishley

When the New Popular Front (NFP), a coalition of four left-wing parties, came together in June to present a united front and keep the National Rally from winning a majority in France after President Emmanuel Macron called the snap election, few predicted the surprising results of the legislative elections across the country.

Having won 182 seats in the National Assembly, largely thanks to tactical voting in Sunday’s second-round election, the New Popular Front is now the largest political group in France. However, this number of seats is still less than the 289 required for an absolute majority.

France’s latest election results risk slowing down decision-making in the European Union’s second-largest economy. Despite leading after the first round of votes, Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally (RN) party and its allies won only 143 seats, while President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist Ensemble alliance secured 163 seats.

The second round of the legislative elections in France took place on July 6 and 7. On July 6, voters cast their ballots in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Saint-Martin, Saint-Barthélemy, French Polynesia, and in embassies and consulates located in the Americas and Caribbean zone. On Sunday, July 7, citizens voted in mainland France, Réunion, Mayotte, New Caledonia, and in embassies and consulates outside the Americas and Caribbean zone.

According to the French Interior Ministry, the second round of the legislative elections had a good turnout, reaching 59.71% at 5 PM on Sunday, July 7, 2024 – a significant increase compared to 2022’s turnout of 38%.

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