From Giant’s Causeway to the Titanic Museum, Northern Ireland is known for its rich history and culture. What you might not have known is that Northern Ireland has a thriving tech industry – which means companies there are always on the hunt to fill new jobs.
According to a report by the Digital Economy Council, Northern Ireland’s tech sector now accounts for more than one in seven jobs in the region. The data also shows that 15% of new jobs are in tech, with a 12.4% month-on-month increase.
While Northern Ireland is relatively small, its main cities and towns (Belfast, Derry, Lisburn, Newry and Armagh) each have their own tech hubs.
Unsurprisingly, Belfast is the largest. More than a quarter of all available jobs in the city are tech-related compared to 10% in 2018.
Northern Ireland: the main tech sectors
The government’s Kalifa review of UK fintech identified Northern Ireland as one of a number of areas showing “exciting potential to grow or are already featuring a specialist fintech focus”.
Northern Ireland’s tech scene is varied and there are a few main clusters that include cybersecurity, AI data and analytics, sports tech, and IT and cloud services.
Top technology leaders such as Microsoft, Fujitsu, SAP, Rapid7, and Whitehat security have all set up bases in Belfast in recent years.
Why are companies investing in Northern Ireland?
Well, a lot of it’s got to do with talent. Northern Ireland is home to world-class universities and colleges, including Queen’s University Belfast. It’s also an appealing place to live for tech professionals. Belfast is the second-best place in the UK for tech workers to live (in terms of value) according to the Digital Economy Council. The cost of living in Belfast, for example, is significantly cheaper than other UK cities.
According to the same report, the median salary within the tech sector is £40,000, while the median salary across all roles is £30,000.
When you add in Northern Ireland’s vibrant cities, exciting nightlife, and breathtaking scenery with easy access to mountains, beaches, forests. and lakes, it’s not really surprising that so many tech workers are willing to move to this area.
If you’re one of them, take a look at the top three jobs at tech firms in Northern Ireland available right now – and there are plenty more to discover on the UKTN Job Board too.
Senior software engineer, See.Sense
Do you have at least five years’ experience in mobile development and a strong knowledge of Android and iOS UI design and best practices? If so, this role could be for you.
See.Sense develops award-winning cycling tech products that improve cycling, and generate data insights.
The senior software engineer will join a “company of dynamic, high-performing small multi-disciplinary team” based in Newtownards, Co Down. The right candidate will be expected to collaborate with teams, design high-performance user interfaces, and create automatic test code.
Do you have what it takes? Apply here.
DevOps engineer, CGI
This DevOps engineer role is based in Belfast at CGI. Founded in 197, it is among the largest IT and business consulting services firms in the world.
The company is seeking a technically-minded and enthusiastic DevOps engineer who can take ownership of their own work. Responsibilities will include communicating with cross-functional teams, working with internal and external stakeholders, and championing lean delivery.
You can read the full job spec here.
iOS developer, Ineque Safeguarding Group
If you want to kickstart your career as a developer, this iOS Developer role could be your perfect gig. Ineque Safeguarding Group educates professionals so that they can keep children and vulnerable adults in their care safer online.
The Ineque Safeguarding Group team is on the hunt for an “empathetic and understanding” person with six months to one year of experience in this field. Perks include regular salary reviews, 28 days of annual leave and professional development training.
For more info, take a look here.
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