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Irish Construction Industry in Recovery Mode
Published 15 July 2014 has seen a steady increase in construction job applications in the Dublin area with a 25% lift since June 2013. With the gradual pick up in the construction sector in Ireland contractors are facing skills shortages in the trades and professions particularly Quantity Surveyors and experienced site management. 

A combination of factors caused these shortages and most notably:
  • Emigration to Australia, New Zealand, UK and Canada
  • Natural retirement during recession years
  • Construction professionals moving to other industries to find work
  • Fall off in students taking on built environment and engineering courses at 3rd level
  • Fall off in apprenticeships for all trades
Recent surveys from SCS and CIF indicate an expectation by surveyors and contractors of improving times ahead but with concerns towards access to credit, volume, pricing  of tenders and other legacy issues.

After years of facilitating jobseekers for job opportunities abroad and which we still continue to do, now sees the need to address the challenges faced in  reviving construction industry workforce at home by:
  • Repatriating construction professionals where necessary
  • Encouraging uptake of 3rd level construction and engineering courses
  • Encouraging uptake of apprenticeships
  • Upskilling of existing construction professionals in BIM, cloud , mobile technologies and advanced project management platforms
  • Addressing disparity between urban/rural demand so to balance the recovery throughout the whole sector.
The landscape for contractors and professionals has changed utterly and therein lies the opportunity to build a more sustainable industry on a par with our European and Global Counterparts.

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author(s) from and do not necessarily reflect the views of employers, recruiters and jobseekers using services.
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Irish Construction Industry in Recovery Mode
Published 15 July 2014