Belfast Telegraph

Vacancies for public sector jobs shoot up by 80%

MARGARET CANNING mcanning@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

PUBLIC sector vacancies advertised in Northern Ireland's job centres have increased by nearly 80% over the last financial year, new figures show.

The statistical bulletin on vacancies in Northern Ireland published by the Department for Employment and Learning this week showed there were 1,194 jobs in the public sector advertised in job centres in the financial year 2012/13, compared to 674 in the year earlier.

The sector is described by DEL as 'public administration and defence; compulsory social security' and defined as 'activities that are governmental in nature, eg regulation of activities which provide health care, education and cultural services'.

Jobs in administrative and support service activities in the private sector also increased by 52% to 15,915, education posts were up by around 40% to 2,793 while health and social work posts increased by 26% to 5,973.

There were just over 60,600 posts of all types advertised in job centres in Northern Ireland over the last financial year – up 25% on the year before.

The bulletin showed the number of jobs advertised has declined since the economic downturn began in 2007.

While the latest figures were up from 48,658 a year earlier, the number of jobs was still 41% lower than the numbers notified in 2007/08. Job numbers almost doubled between 2003/04 and 2007/08, from 54,027 to 102,789.

The figures only reflect jobs which have been notified to DEL but do not account for all available posts in Northern Ireland.

Notified vacancies increased in 19 out of 26 local government districts. The most pronounced increase were in Londonderry, where jobs in job centres increased by 78% to 4,236.

Belfast Telegraph

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