World of Work in Northern Ireland

The Big Picture


The local construction industry had been growing steadily from the mid-1990s until 2007.

However the global economic downturn of 2008 had a huge impact on this sector which suffered many job losses as building projects stalled or were cancelled and the local housing market slumped.

Typical jobs in construction include: skilled labourers, architects, lawyers, surveyors, estate agents and specialist engineers among many others.

The following clip from BBC Newsline demosntrates how two different sectors impact on eachother - in this case, construction and tourism.

The report dates from 2007 and shows how the economic confidence of the time was driving up tourist numbers and consequently the amount of jobs available in the construction industry.

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  • Interactive Timeline

    economy evolves

    The Northern Ireland economy went through many changes since the end of WWII, with the impact of 'The Troubles' being keenly felt.

  • Employment Sectors

    The Key SectorsUnderstanding Northern Ireland's key business sectors can help you gain an important insight into the strength of our local economy.

  • BBC Resources

    BBC ResourcesLearn more about by accessing some of the many resources available on the BBC and external sites.

  • Interactive Quiz

    Interactive QuizHow much have you learned about the local economy, the key business sectors and the impact of globalisation?

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