Current job opportunities

Searching for a job can be daunting in normal times, never mind in the middle of a health pandemic. However, there are still opportunities available, regardless of your experience, qualifications or location.

Job opportunities in health and social work

Present trends show the Health and Social Work sector is now the leading sector for online job postings - one in every three online job adverts during May were in the health sector, with the following jobs in highest demand:

  • nurses (37 per cent)
  • care workers and home carers (22 per cent)
  • welfare and housing associate professionals (5 per cent)
  • nursing auxiliaries and assistants (4 per cent)

Qualifications needed

Where job postings asked for a specific level of education, there was almost an even balance between those looking for GCSE and below qualifications and those asking for qualifications above GCSE level.

Skills needed

The jobs available would suit people with a range of skills to offer.

Specialist skills the sector is looking for include experience in or knowledge of:

  • nursing homes
  • care planning
  • working with a patient and/ or condition
  • mental health
  • dementia
  • child care
  • learning disabilities

Other skills employers are looking for include:

  • communication skills
  • leadership skills
  • building effective relationships
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Location of jobs

Jobs are available in this sector across Northern Ireland. In May, the job postings in this sector were in:

  • Belfast travel to work area (67 per cent)
  • Craigavon (nine per cent)
  • Newry and Banbridge (six per cent)
  • Coleraine (five per cent)
  • Derry (three per cent)
  • Cookstown and Magherafelt (three per cent)
  • Ballymena (three per cent)
  • Dungannon (two per cent)
  • Enniskillen (one per cent)
  • Omagh and Strabane (one per cent)

Companies recruiting

Companies that were recruiting in May in this sector included:

  • Health and Social Care Northern Ireland
  • Priory Group
  • Runwood Homes
  • Praxis Care
  • Four Seasons Healthcare
  • Macklin
  • Quality Care Services
  • Lydian Care
  • Bryson Charitable Group

More information

If you’re interested in a career in the Health and Social Work sector and want to find out more, chat online with a careers adviser for advice and guidance on your options.

Jobs available can be found at Jobcentre online.

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