According to one survey, just 5 % of the office workers returned to work full time. The office-based staff has been working from home during the pandemic. 35 % of the members of The Belfast Chamber of Commerce work from home full time. 65 % adopted a hybrid model and work partially from home and partially at the office. Northern Ireland officially advised people who can work from home to do so. The government of the UK requires workers to keep a 2-meter social distance. With the rule, the offices can only accommodate half of their employees. The Chief executive of The Belfast Chamber of Commerce said that Stormont ministers should review their advice. He said that many offices confirm that their staff members are eager to return to the office. However, the executive’s guidance on the reopening of the offices is clear and is the first step on the pathway to recovery. At this point, the heads of the offices are allowed to start returning their employees to the offices, after they assess the risks and make sure the environment is as safe as possible. Some think it is necessary to work out a strategy for the safe return of the workers. The workers should not go back to the offices if the employer cannot provide enough space for social distancing and other safety measures.
Despite recession, Digital economy of Northern Ireland is thriving
The COVID-19 pandemic devastated the economies around the world. The lockdowns affected not only office workers. Every sphere of our lives and every industry faced challenges that were hard to overcome, and some are still fighting. Many industries suffered so much that the experts think they might not be able to reopen. The hospitality, arts, sports, and tourism sectors, along with some others are the ones that suffered the most. The branch of the economy that suffered the least and in some cases even saw the increase in revenue is the digital economy. Many digital businesses and the businesses that incorporated digital technologies in their work managed to keep working and sometimes even keep the majority of their employees. Tech giants such as Amazon, Netflix, and Facebook had more users than ever before. The iGaming industry is another good example of a digital economy that survived the lockdowns. During the quarantine popularity of digital casinos grew exponentially as the best live casino brands offer adaptations of popular video games. It does not come as a surprise considering the digital world was the main source and means of entertainment and communication. Along with traditional gambling forms, online casinos also offer very rare and unique video gaming adaptations. iGaming providers adapted many popular games, including the games based on the movie and comic book characters. The iGaming platforms also accept various payment options – including real money and BTC. The users are not limited when it comes to transactions – they have many options.. With so many offers and options iGaming is becoming increasingly popular and a good example of a digital economy is growing strong every month. Many consider the digital economy to be the branch that will pay off more than expected in the future.
US tech firm PEAK6 to create 160 NI jobs at new Belfast base
A US-based tech and investment firm PEAK6 will open a branch in Belfast and will add 160 new jobs. Invest Northern Ireland supports the firm with over £1m. The new branch should be open in four years. The company is already looking for software engineers. The Department for the Economy said that the jobs contribute £ 8.5 million in salaries. Diane Dodds Northern Ireland’s Economy Minister said that the country’s strength is fin-tech solutions, artificial intelligence and robotics attract investors and the collaborations benefit both the country and the firms.