Small businesses throughout Northern Ireland can now take advantage of a joint initiative between the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and nijobfinder.co.uk , the Belfast Telegraph's online job site.
All the FSB's 8,000 members in Northern Ireland will be entitled to a free online recruitment advert on nijobfinder.co.uk as both organisations get behind the companies which make up the backbone of the local economy.
The move is expected to stimulate recruitment throughout Northern Ireland and is in response to the recent release of statistics from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment which showed the dole queue extended further in January.
John Friel, FSB NI regional chairman, said the venture will boost small businesses and the job market: "Small businesses account for 99% of the private sector business in Northern Ireland, so it is vital that we find ways of helping them to lift us out of the economic difficulties we face.
"This initiative by the Belfast Telegraph and the FSB is designed to support our members to take on extra employees; if each of our members were to take on just one extra employee, then together we can transform the local labour market and our economy".
Mark Reilly, nijobfinder.co.uk classified advertising manager, said the initiative continues the Belfast Telegraph's support for the business community.
"We count small business as key to the health and growth of the wider economy.
"By helping them to recruit the right staff we hope to boost the economy and get the job market moving again."