Richard-ThompsonOne of the major challenges facing the construction industry over the next three years is the lack of skilled personnel available to complete the regeneration of Ireland’s built landscape.

There is an estimated shortage of 112,000 people in the industry, with a particular shortage of experienced architects and engineers at all levels.

As well as engineers and architects, skilled craftspeople are desperately needed – the number of skilled craftspeople working in Ireland in 2015 was 48,900, but an additional 36,000 skilled craftspeople (including apprentices) will be needed by 2020. See DKM report.

For February and March, CIF will be running a series of interviews with returned emigrants who have come home to work in the industry in Ireland – why they left, why they came home and their hopes and fears for the future. Through this we hope to give insight into the expectations they have about working in Ireland, what motivated them to return home, and discover what Ireland and the construction industry can do to attract valuable personnel back to Ireland.

Dominic-portraitThe Government has opened a public consultation on the National Planning Framework. This strategy is a successor to the largely unsuccessful National Spatial Strategy. The NPF has the potential to be one of the most important Government strategies in the last 50 years. Its entitled Ireland 2040 and it aims to chart out how Irish society and its economy will develop over the next quarter of a century.

In shaping the Ireland of tomorrow, today’s political landscape is very much to the fore. The Government will be extremely challenged to ensure the NPF leverages the strengths of Ireland’s regions without becoming diluted by the demands of every community, regional and local interest group. I am reminded of the saying that nobody trips over mountains; it’s the small pebble that causes you to stumble.

Growth in the construction industry shows no sign of abating. By 2020, Ireland will need an extra 112,000 new workers in the sector, to produce an expected output of €20bn. The government commitment to create 60,000 new jobs makes the construction industry extremely attractive for graduates with the pick of employers competing for their attention. Ferdia White of Hays Construction & Property, gives an overview of the construction landscape that Irish students can expect to navigate in the coming years.

Female participation continues to grow across many sectors in Irish society, from politics and business to sport and technology. Construction appears to be a last bastion of male-domination in business, however, there is a strong tradition of female leadership in the industry. There are now moves afoot to increase female participation

The CIF is bringing a number of industry leaders together to address the chronically low levels of female participation in construction. This is a serious business challenge as construction continues to expand strongly.  According to a recent report carried out by DKM with input from SOLAS, the industry could expand by 33% to €20 billion by 2020.  It’s estimated that the industry will require 112,000 additional employees across management, craft and trade to deliver the houses and infrastructure needed support Ireland’s rapidly growing population and economy.

Phillip-LoughranOne of the major challenges facing the construction industry over the next three years is the lack of skilled personnel available to complete the regeneration of Ireland’s built landscape.

There is an estimated shortage of 112,000 people in the industry, with a particular shortage of experienced architects and engineers at all levels.

As well as engineers and architects, skilled craftspeople are desperately needed – the number of skilled craftspeople working in Ireland in 2015 was 48,900, but an additional 36,000 skilled craftspeople (including apprentices) will be needed by 2020. See DKM report.

In February and March, CIF will be running a series of interviews with returned emigrants who have come home to work in the industry in Ireland
– why they left, why they came home and their hopes and fears for the future.