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Living And Working In Belfast

Joanna Clare

Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland and it is also the largest city..

Northern Ireland is surrounded by both the Atlantic Ocean and the Irish Sea so you can expect the weather to be unpredictable and wet at times but in general, it enjoys a steady maritime climate. Set on the shores of Belfast Lough, Belfast is the gateway to the Causeway Coastal Route where you can experience the land of legend and fairy tales at its best.

It is just a short drive from some fantastic beaches where you can explore incredibly diverse stretches of golden sand, sampling nature at its finest. It is little wonder that the popular TV series Game of Thrones chose to film in Belfast and the surrounding areas.

Belfast was and still is a port city. In the past the predominant industries were the manufacturing of the world famous and highly sought after beautiful Irish linen, ropemaking and also shipbuilding. It is here that the ill-fated Titanic was built over three years at the Harland and Wolff shipyard. The shipyard is still in operation but now focuses on repairs, conversion and offshore construction.

The economy has now moved on and has been replaced by a strong expansion in all aspects of technology. It is estimated that just under half of all new jobs are in the technology sector and is a leading European city for investment from cyber security companies based in the USA.  Software developments, I.T, Digital, as well as manufacturing and engineering are now strong sectors in Belfast. With much growth within cyber security, it is now becoming one of the leading roles in the sector. Additionally, there is marked emphasis not only on the service and public sectors but tourism also.

There has been a recent announcement of a huge multi million pounds investment for Studio Ulster which will further enhance the excellent filming facilities already here. The Belfast Region City Deal is ensuring economic growth with a one billion pounds investment package.

Belfast International Airport is the largest airport within Northern Ireland and the smaller George Best Belfast City Airport proves popular also. Railways are operated by Northern Ireland Railway and the network of roads make for uncomplicated travel. It takes less than one and a half hours to fly the approximate 520 km from London to Belfast.

With 3000 acres of parks and forests, timeworn castles and mountains so high that you are able to view the Scottish coastline on a fine and clear day, it is easy to understand the attraction.

There are a wide variety of bars, coffee shops and restaurants to cater for all tastes and whether you prefer your shopping experience to consist of high street names or independent shops, you will find them here.The Queens Quarter in Belfast is a lively area, popular with students which differs from the Cathedral Quarter which has a more cultural feel to it.

The standard of education is excellent ~ Northern Ireland has some of the highest achieving pupils in the world in mathematics and there are several fantastic universities to choose from.

House prices are affordable. Community spirit is important within the traditional neighbourhoods and you will find the people of Belfast genuinely welcoming, kind hearted and good natured.

If you’re looking for a new career in Belfast, we recommend attending our Belfast Careers Fair! Our career fair will offer candidates from all backgrounds, experience and education levels the opportunity to speak to representatives from an abundance of local employers. Book a ticket today!

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