Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland firms look south to fill vacancies

By Margaret Canning

Companies in Northern Ireland are having to seek out workers from the Republic for roles outside Belfast, a survey said today.

The Manpower survey revealed that the outlook was bleak for jobseekers in Northern Ireland during 2016.

But it said employers were finding vacancies outside the city harder to fill, so firms were having to cast their nets wider and offer relocation packages to attract suitable candidates from the Republic.

Overall, Manpower said the outlook for the province was trailing nine points behind the rest of the UK.

The company said it has surveyed over 2,000 UK employers about their hiring intentions over the coming quarter.

Amanda White, operations manager at Manpower, said: "We have seen some of the big names in the manufacturing sector, like Caterpillar, Schrader Electronics and Michelin, announcing what amounts to 1,000 job losses in recent weeks, and this has added to an unhappy new year for the Northern Ireland jobs market."

And ManpowerGroup UK managing director Mark Cahill said employers were facing "significant uncertainties" in the year ahead.

"The introduction of the National Living Wage in April 2016 is set to send shockwaves through the UK jobs market, especially in generally lower paid sectors," he added.

Belfast Telegraph

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