Number of jobs posted online fell by 60 per cent in April

Software development professionals also remain in demand, with over 350 job postings

THE number of job postings listed online in Northern Ireland fell from 10,000 in March to 4,000 in April.

The vacancies, notified to the Northern Ireland Employment Service, were published yesterday in a report produced by the Department for the Economy.

Unsurprisingly, demand remains for healthcare professionals. Nursing accounted for 10 per cent of all vacancies, with 400 job postings, while there were 350 for care workers and home carers.

Software development professionals also remain in demand, with over 350 job postings.

Meanwhile, the Ulster Farmers’ Union said yesterday that agricultural businesses requiring seasonal or additional labour, should advertise jobs online now.

UFU deputy president David Brown said: “The UFU have been in ongoing discussions with DAERA, the horticulture industry and others to address seasonal labour availability issues within the horticulture sector. We’ve been successful in securing Jobcentre Online as our local labour co-ordinator provider. Farmers can now post their vacancies on the website and those interested in working in horticulture can also register their interest and view the positions that are available.

“One of the busiest periods in the farming calendar is almost upon us and access to labour is critical for our growers. JCOL will provide one-on-one support for farmers who need it, ensuring that they can advertise their vacancies online without hassle helping to achieve a quick turnaround.”

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