The way that people work has changed considerably as a result of the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. This has been reflected in recruitment activity with the emergence of different working patterns including growth in hybrid working; that is, a blend of working from different locations, typically the home as well as the employers’ site.

In 2021, there were more than 4,300 online job advertisements in Northern Ireland containing the phrase ‘hybrid working’ in Northern Ireland, 3 per cent of all online job advertisements, up from a mere 0.2 per cent in 2019.

Experience and education required

Almost three-fifths (56 per cent) of online job advertisements for hybrid working stated that applicants only require two years or less experience, in line with the experience requested for overall job postings.

When considering the minimum level of education required, around three-fifths (58 per cent) of hybrid working online job postings indicated that candidates would need education of at least A-Level or higher (where data was available).

Top occupations

In 2021, the most popular online job postings for hybrid working in Northern Ireland are listed as follows:

1. Programmers and Software Development Professionals (13 per cent)

2. Chartered and Certified Accountants (9 per cent)

3. Book-keepers, payroll managers and wage clerks (7 per cent)

4. Human Resources and Industrial Relations Officers (5 per cent)

Top employers

Those employers that were recorded as having the highest numbers of online job adverts with the phrase ‘hybrid working’ in Northern Ireland during 2021 are listed as follows:

  1. BT - 7 per cent
  2. Allstate - 4 per cent
  3. Deloitte - 3 per cent
  4. 4. Bank of Ireland - 2 per cent

Sources and Information

Information for this article was obtained using Burning Glass Labour Insight. This article considered the online job postings for hybrid working using a keyword search filter for 2021 in Northern Ireland. Due to limitations in gathering the data, please use the information provided as part of the larger picture regarding employment opportunities.

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