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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:


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.


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.


The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project announces 50 nominees



Kim Rihal, founder of social enterprise Equal Education, is one of the 50 women shortlisted for The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project
Kim Rihal, founder of social enterprise Equal Education, is one of the 50 women shortlisted for The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project

Earlier this year, on International Women’s Day 2023, Häagen-Dazs launched ‘The Rose Project’, a global initiative with a $100,000 (USD) bursary grant inviting nominations to recognise unsung trailblazing women in honour of the brand’s female co-founder Rose Mattus. Yesterday, 23 November, on what would have been Rose Mattus’ birthday, Häagen-Dazs announced the top 50 #WomenWhoDontHoldBack nominees being shortlisted for their achievements and its five globally accomplished Häagen-Dazs Rose Project judges.

Over 2,500 applications were received for The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project putting forward pioneering efforts and societal contributions made by women across the globe. From these, 50 talented and inspirational women have been shortlisted and will be put forward to win one of five monetary grants of $20,000 (USD), which will be announced on International Women’s Day 2024, to continue their exceptional work, unleash their potential or give to a cause they are passionate about. The top 50 shortlist includes women from 17 countries hailing from across Europe, Asia, Africa & Middle East, Australia and the Americas.

The all-female judging panel from across the world has been handpicked for the final selection stage of The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project includes. UK-based author, broadcaster and philanthropist Katie Piper, fashion entrepreneur and advocate for women’s fertility issues, Velda Tan from Singapore and Spanish entrepreneur and creative director Inés Arroyo, are amongst the judges.

“International Women’s Day 2023 marked the launch of The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project to honour the legacy of our co-founder, Rose Mattus, and create a fund platform to provide opportunities to women across all fields around the world who are truly deserving of support and recognition. We were thrilled to receive thousands of nominations across countries and our #WomenWhoDontHoldBack Top 50 shortlist is a compelling and diverse mosaic of trailblazing female narratives that moved us and serve as an inspiration to women everywhere”, says Aurélie Lory, Häagen-Dazs spokesperson.

To find out more about the story of each entrepreneur shortlisted for The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project, visit:

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47% of women feel their workplace is not combatting inequality



Katherine Maher, CEO, Web Summit, on Centre Stage during day one of Web Summit 2023 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal
Katherine Maher, CEO, Web Summit, on Centre Stage during day one of Web Summit 2023 | Photo: Eóin Noonan/Web Summit

The proportion of women who feel that their workplace is not taking appropriate measures to combat gender inequality has nearly doubled in a year, a new survey has revealed.

Web Summit, the world’s largest technology event taking place in Lisbon this week, has released its third annual State of Gender Equity in Tech report, which is based on a survey distributed among its women in tech community.

76.1 percent of respondents feel empowered to pursue and/or hold a leadership position; fewer respondents (41.8 %) feel the need to choose between family and career when compared to 2022 (50.4 %); and there is at least one woman in a senior management position in 80.4 percent of respondents’ companies, a similar proportion to last year (81.3%).

The survey found that 70.5 percent of respondents feel pressure to prove their worth compared to male counterparts, while 77.2 percent feel they need to work harder to prove themselves because of their gender.

Over three quarters of respondents (76.1 %) feel empowered to pursue and/or hold a leadership position. And almost half of respondents think that their workplace is not taking appropriate measures to combat gender inequality, increasing from 26 percent in 2022 to 47
percent in 2023.

“While it is encouraging to see progress in some areas, such as those feeling the need to choose between their family and career, there are also some deeply concerning trends within this report. Seeing an increase in those who report having experienced sexism in the workplace in the last year is disheartening in 2023. We hope that this kind of research can breed some positives, and that it will push workplaces – and women within these workplaces – to broach these topics and make progress in these areas,” said Carolyn Quinlan, VP of community at Web Summit.

Last year, 42 percent of attendees at Web Summit were women and 33 percent of speakers were women. In 2023 these numbers have slightly improved with 43 percent of attendees and 38 percent of speakers on stage being women this year.

The women in tech programme at this year’s Web Summit is at capacity, and the women in tech programme at Web Summit Rio 2023 reached capacity in record time.

The WebSummit 2023 is running from November 13th to 16th in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Krispy Kreme to give away free donuts on World Kindness Day



A box of Krispy Kreme donuts opened and with donuts inside
The company, founded in 1937, is giving away 60,000 free doughnuts around the world today | Photo: Clément Proust

American multinational doughnut company and coffeehouse chain, Krispy Kreme, is celebrating “World Kindness Day” today by distributing free donuts in the US and the UK.

The chain is giving away a box of a dozen glazed donuts for free with no purchase necessary. But only the first 500 guests that visit each participating Krispy Kreme US stores on “World Kindness Day”, Monday November 13th, will be able to get a free box of donuts.

Krispy Kreme often gives away free or discounted donuts to generate buzz on special occasions. The company, founded in 1937, traditionally gives out free donuts to customers on National Donut Day, celebrated on the first Friday of June of each year. And in July, a dozen of glazed donuts were sold for 86 cents to celebrate its 86th birthday.

Thousands of free donuts are also expected to be given away today across Krispy Kreme stores in the United Kingdom, with customers being encouraged to ask for the World Kindness Day offer. No purchase necessary.

The company, which operates in over 30 countries around the world, said it wants the brand associated with World Kindness Day to make “meaningful connections” with customers.

“World Kindness Day is an opportunity to make a positive difference by being generous,” Dave Skena, Krispy Kreme’s global chief brand officer, said in a release. “Simple gestures of caring and thanks, including sharing a sweet treat, is a great way to do that.”

Krispy Kreme said that it’s considering expanding a limited partnership it has with McDonald’s to sell more of its donuts at the latter’s location.

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