Why work in the IT sector in Northern Ireland?

Northern Ireland has one of the fastest growing knowledge economies in the UK, growing 35 per cent year on year.

Our capital city Belfast is the number one destination globally for financial technology investments and is Europe’s leading destination for new software development projects.  

Within the Northern Ireland knowledge economy, our IT/Digital sector has almost doubled in size in the past 5 years, making it one of the fastest growing IT clusters in the United Kingdom.

Every year there are around 300 new start-up companies created here and on average, 50+ new positions in the technology sector are advertised every month.  Companies operating here offer top class facilities and fantastic opportunities for career progression.

Starting salaries for employees with 2 to 3 years’ experience average over £30k per annum.


See some of our IT Sector's achievements here:

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We're Business Friendly - and that's official!

Inward investors and business education partnerships are central to our economic success.

Over 100 global technology leaders have established business operations in Northern Ireland, including IBM, Intel, SAP, Fujitsu, Cybersource (VISA), BTI Systems and Rapid7.

We have globally recognised research centres across a range of fields as diverse as secure information technologies, cognitive robotics, renewable technologies and cancer research.

Belfast has been named the world’s most Business Friendly City of its size and is in the world’s top 10 cities for Business Friendliness of any size - ahead of locations like Dubai and Tokyo.



Who can work here?  

If you are British or a citizen of one of the European Economic Area (EEA) countries you can freely come to work here without a permit or visa.

If you are not a British citizen or a citizen of one of the European Economic Area (EEA) countries, you may need a visa before you travel here and a work permit or permission to work here.  Special regulations apply to Croatian citizens.

If you have to get a visa, you will need to be cleared by officials at a British Overseas Mission in your country of origin.  When cleared, the entry clearance certificate, or visa, will be put into your passport or travel document, potential employers may provide assistance with gaining work permits.

In June 2016 the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, these pages will be updated when further information on the effect of Brexit on foreign workers here is decided.





Click the links below for information on working life in Northern Ireland.