More than 50,000 jobs have been created in the construction industry since the lowest point of the recession in 2013, CSO figures have revealed
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More than 50,000 jobs have been created in the construction industry since the lowest point of the recession in 2013, Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures have revealed.

CSO figures indicate that industry has hired about 1,000 people per month during this period. It is expected that one in 16 people in the economy will be employed in construction by next year as the industry enters a sustained growth phase.

“I welcome the news that more than 50,000 jobs have been created in the construction industry since 2013, and that it is entering a sustained growth phase,” said Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD.

“It also builds on the positive announcement from the CSO that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January 2018 was 6.1 per cent, down from 6.2 per cent in December 2017, and a peak of 15.1 per cent in February 2012.

“The construction sector has an important role to play in the continued recovery of the economy, and I look forward to engaging with the sector in my new role as Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation.”

Strong pipeline of work in Ireland over next 15 to 20 years


Tom Parlon, director general, Construction Industry Federation (CIF), said: “The growth in construction jobs over the last five years is a testament to the strong pipeline of work in Ireland over the next 15 to 20 years. In 2016, DKM consultants predicted a nine per cent year-on-year growth for the industry up to 2020 based on the delivery of an annual 25,000 housing output and the government’s €43 billion public capital programme.

“Recently, economic commentators such as the ESRI now indicated that we require over 35,000 per annum housing output. In addition, Minister Paschal Donohoe has increased the Public Capital programme substantially and will soon launch a 10-year infrastructure investment plan and a planning framework for Ireland up to 2040. So, there is a very strong pipeline of work in housing and infrastructure delivery for the foreseeable future.

“The industry is attracting talent into a new wave of office-based technology heavy roles in addition to traditional onsite trades and crafts roles.

‘Construction has changed drastically’


“Construction has changed drastically. Building is now heavily reliant on modern construction management technologies such as Building Information Modelling (BIM). Increasingly, construction is a universal language of commerce and Irish people are increasingly in demand around the globe due to their high levels of expertise and competence.

“The construction teams working on the many billion-euro sites around Ireland, such as Amazon and Facebook, often find themselves leading operations on the construction of other projects within the networks of these global corporations.

“Careers in construction have also changed and we have seen a major increase in demand for those working with technology such as BIM and Lean construction, while the demand for other roles such as project managers, quantity surveyors, trades, management and marketing is also picking up.

“Salaries, while still below the levels in Australia and Canada are growing strongly as demand for skilled employees is picking up. We believe that the Diaspora can be a rich source of skilled labour that we will need to tap in the coming years to meet the Ireland’s demand for construction activity,” Parlon said.

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More than 50,000 jobs have been created in the construction industry since the lowest point of the recession in 2013, Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures have revealed. CSO figures indicate that industry has hired about 1,000 people per month during this period. It is expected that one in 16 people...