Five sectors with numerous vacancies in Northern Ireland

In recent years the Northern Ireland job market has been characterized by a great deal of uncertainty as Covid, Brexit and economic concerns have made things difficult for our local industries – and also for those looking for work.

But despite the difficulties, job seekers can rest assured that there are currently hundreds of employers trying to expand their teams and find the right people for their business.

In fact, Northern Ireland’s leading job website, NIJobs, currently has up to 5,000 vacancies posted across the country.

For those looking to take the next step in their careers, we’ve looked at five different industries in Northern Ireland that currently have many vacancies.

From warehouse worker positions in Amazon’s new fulfillment centers to software development positions across the country to many open positions in hospitality and retail, there are many opportunities for job seekers.

Here are five sectors in Northern Ireland that have vacancies right now:


Covid has slowed hospitality across the UK for perhaps almost two years, but it’s fair to say Northern Ireland’s excellent hospitality industry has struggled at the other end. Northern Ireland has a wealth of great dining establishments – with award-winning restaurants, chic city center bars, niche cafes, luxury hotels and lively clubs and pubs.

With many companies in this sector facing post-Covid staffing shortages, there are currently many vacancies in this industry – from low-level part-time roles to permanent managerial positions – meaning there are plenty of opportunities for first-timers as well as those who have been in the industry for years.


The warehousing industry is growing rapidly in Northern Ireland which means there are many vacancies for people wanting to work in the sector. Amazon is an ever-growing presence across the country and there are currently many vacancies at Amazon’s fulfillment centers in locations such as Belfast and Portadown. Elsewhere there are always plenty of stock locations available relating to the food and hospitality industry in Northern Ireland.

Jobs in camps can range from no experience to higher level jobs such as team managers. So it’s worth taking a look at the roles on offer.

software development

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

These roles can involve working with some large, in-demand companies and clients and can lead to rapid career advancement. Of course, they can also be very, very lucrative!

There are currently dozens of software development jobs to apply for in Northern Ireland, meaning good programmers, inventive web designers and thorough software developers can all take their pick.

retail trade

With customers still turning to retail stores and outlets for personal contact and knowledge, it seems the end of retail is far from a certainty.

Like the hospitality sector, the retail sector in Northern Ireland is recovering from the Covid lockdowns and is finally starting to get back on track. And like hospitality, many retail stores are facing staff shortages — meaning there are plenty of vacancies to fill.

Whether you are looking for your first job or have the experience to fill a senior retail position, there are many avenues open to you. Here is a list of retail job vacancies you can apply for.

Third level training

In recent years, Belfast has worked hard to establish itself as a university city, attracting thousands of local and international students at its two main universities – Queen’s University and the University of Ulster – and at its colleges and colleges, such as Belfast Metropolitan College .

Because of this, there are currently many vacancies related to higher education. These can range from administrative roles to student liaison officers to faculty roles in specific subjects.