Jobs up 14 per cent in first quarter of 2017

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    There has been a 14 per cent rise in jobs in the first quarter of 2017 on the same period last year according to a new report
    There has been a 14 per cent rise in jobs in the first quarter of 2017 on the same period last year according to a new report

    The first quarter of 2017 has seen a 14 per cent rise in jobs across the north on the same period last year.

    According to the new quarterly report from online recruiter NIJobs.com the local job market has experienced positive growth across key performing sectors including; accountancy and finance, engineering and hospitality – recording an 11 per cent increase year on year.

    The number of accountancy jobs has risen by 50 per cent in the first three months of 2017, while the figures show a 35 per cent increase in demand for engineers and HR professionals. A surge of 38 per cent in demand for beauticians and hairdressers is also reported, while in Belfast there has been a nine per cent rise in jobs for the first three months of this year.

    General manager of NIJobs.com Sam McIlveen said the report was good news for Northern Ireland as a whole.

    “From January to March jobs for accountants doubled. There was also good news for HR professionals with jobs increasing by 35 per cent whilst jobs in production, manufacturing and materials are up 30 per cent,” he said.

    “The increase in jobs for HR professionals is a very positive sign for the year ahead. When companies hire HR professionals it indicates plans for investment, growth and job creation.”

    “Employment sector trends are usually a good barometer of the economy. When jobs for beauticians and hairdressers increase it indicates people have more money in their pocket to spend on non-essentials.We’ve also seen a steady rise in jobs in the hospitality sector. This is likely due to the increase of staycations for locals and visitors from across the border due to strong currency rates,” Mr McIlveen added.

    The NIJobs.com Job Report analyses data on the jobs posted online by 600 companies across Northern Ireland in 30 industry sectors and is to be released after each quarter