Ballymena means the middle town land and is the eighth largest town in Northern Ireland. With a population just under 30,000 it's a good-sized urban centre that holds many amenities. Ballymena is a sports friendly town with its own football club, Ballymena F.C., and other sports clubs including tennis, angling, cricket, bowling and athletic clubs. There are local hiking trails and scenic walks to provide plenty of activities for the adventurous type. Liam Neeson and James Nesbit are only two of its many famous sons that still visit their beloved hometown. Ballymena is a popular shopping hub with a Saturday market that dates back to 1626. It's also the seat of the Ballymena Borough Council. Rich in history with enticing countryside and friendly people, Ballymena is a cultural centre in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Ballymena Job Opportunities
With a thriving manufacturing sector, retail sector and an emerging information sector, there are many IT job prospects for in Ballymena. Michelin Tires is one of the three largest tire manufacturers in the world and has a plant in Ballymena. Adding to the manufacturing job opportunities are at Wrightbus, a local family run firm that pioneered the low-floor bus and builds a variety of bus sizes and styles, having recently received very large contracts there will be plenty of work for the foreseeable future. With over eighty retail establishments, the retail industry is well situated and offers many opportunities for jobs in Ballymena. A thriving Chamber of Commerce encourages both entrepreneurship and networking in the community.
Ballymena Employment Trends
According to NISRA, labour market statistics shows a fairly stable employment rate at roughly 6.5%. Ballymena is a well-established retail hub and also boasts a healthy manufacturing sector. Thought to be an emerging centre of information based International Corporations, job prospects look favourable in Ballymena.