Help to find employment

The Department provides support for Jobseekers through the Employment Service and Careers Service based at Jobs & Benefits Offices/JobCentres and resource centres. Support is also provided for people with disabilities through the Health and Work Support Branch and Work Psychology Services.

Due to COVID-19 Jobs & Benefits offices and Careers Resource Centres are currently not open for the public to visit.

Service updates are available at COVID-19 Service updates.

Advice for jobseekers

If you are a jobseeker or job changer, advice on all aspects of jobseeking is available on nidirect.

You can access current employment opportunities by visiting JobCentreOnline NI website. JobCentre Online is the Department’s dedicated website for advertising vacancies and has full, part-time and casual vacancies across a wide range of occupational areas.

If you need further information on any of the jobs advertised or you want to speak to someone you can visit your local Jobs & Benefits office / JobCentre.You can also get information about on job trends, education and training opportunities as well as translation and interpretation facilities.

Jobs & Benefits offices and JobCentres have touch screen Job Points where you can access current job opportunities at home and abroad. 

Help for people with disabilities and health conditions

If you have a disability or your health significantly affects the kind of work you can do, a Work Coach based in your local Jobs & Benefits office can provide help.

This help is provided through the Health and Work Support Branch and Work Psychology Services. A full range of advice for people with disabilities is available on nidirect.

Jobs for Students - COVID-19 Information

If you are a student seeking work,  there are a variety of key sectors urgently requiring employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.   If you are looking for employment at this time, key and essential sectors requiring paid workers include:

  • agri-food and farming
  • health and social care
  • production and food production
  • food retail, pharmaceutical and customer care/sales

Many of the jobs urgently available do not require particular qualifications or experience as training will be provided.  If you are considering what skills and experience you can offer an employer, think about anything that you're interested in outside of school or college, or any particular subjects that you think you're good at and match them to job opportunities.

Latest jobs on reaches a wide weekly audience, advertising current job vacancies throughout Northern Ireland, as well as vacancies in the cross border regions of the Republic of Ireland.

The site is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is currently advertising available employment opportunities.  Major recruitment opportunities are also clearly highlighted in the ‘latest news’ section of the homepage.

The benefits of registering a free account on JobCentreOnline

By registering with JobCentreOnline you can apply for vacancies directly to employers by uploading and sending your CV or completed JobCentre application form online. You can also target your search for jobs in a specific sector or search all available vacancies.

CVs, Cover Letters & Interview Tips

For advice on writing CVs and cover letters and tips on questions you may be asked at interview, view the latest information on nidirect.  

Health and Work Support Branch (HWSB)

Health and Work Support Branch  (HWSB) provides a comprehensive package of support measures, aimed at helping people with a full range of disabilities to progress towards, move into and sustain paid employment.

Condition Management Programme (CMP) is a voluntary programme aimed at people with a health condition which may impact their ability to start or stay in work. The programme is primarily for those receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment Support Allowance and Universal Credit.

Anyone who is employed and is being supported by the Department’s in-work programmes, Workable (NI) or Access to Work (NI),  can also avail of CMP to help them remain in work, or return to work if they are on sick absence.

Work Psychology Services (WPS)

Work Psychology Services (WPS) offer advice and guidance in areas relating to work, disability and health. If you have a health condition or disability, WPS can offer an employment assessment to help identify the impact of your condition, your strengths and abilities for work or training. This will help you make decisions about appropriate job goals, the steps you need to progress into work and support needed to retain work.

Careers Service

The Careers Service provides an impartial, all-age careers information, advice and guidance service, to help young people, parents and adults make informed choices about their future career paths. Professionally qualified careers advisers are based in Careers Resource Centres, Jobs & Benefits offices and JobCentres throughout Northern Ireland. Careers Service information, advice and interactive careers tools are on nidirect.

Finding work in Europe

Jobseekers from the European Economic Area (EEA) member states have the right to live, work and study in any other member state without restriction. A full range of advice is available on nidirect.


Related to Help to find employment

Access to information

How to request information from the Department for Communities including Freedom of Information (FOI) and the use of our Publication Scheme. You may also request your own personal information, via a Right of Access Request.

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