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500 vacancies on offer at Derry Millennium Forum jobs fair

Published 21/09/2015

Businesses which have places to fill include Almac, Fujitsu, Relay Software and Matalan
Businesses which have places to fill include Almac, Fujitsu, Relay Software and Matalan

More than 500 jobs are up for grabs at a jobs fair in Londonderry on Wednesday.

Twenty-eight companies with over 500 vacancies have so far confirmed their attendance at the Millennium Forum, where full and part-time opportunities as well as permanent and seasonal jobs will be promoted.

Derry has the UK’s highest unemployment rate — so demand is expected to be high.

The businesses which have places to fill include Almac, Fujitsu, Relay Software and Matalan.

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry said his department’s Careers Service would be available to offer advice and guidance for anyone looking for a new job, a career change or to retrain.

He said: “Large and small employers from across Northern Ireland will be at the events to answer questions and discuss training and employment opportunities. Industry professionals from various sectors will also be hosting information sessions.

“A wide range of vacancies will be available, including jobs in information technology (IT), and media and creative industries.”

Sinead McLaughlin, chief executive of the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, said news that so many jobs were on offer was great for the city and region.

She added: “This is a real, positive, sign for the prospects for our economy.

“The vacancies underline the importance for people seeking work to gain the skills needed by employers.

“In particular, several large employers in Derry and Strabane would take new, highly qualified, staff with the right coding and other IT skills.

“It is essential for our city and region to raise our skills base at vocational and graduate levels.”

Wednesday's event runs from 10am until 4pm at the Millennium Forum, Londonderry.

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