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.

Annette Annette Hughes, Director DKM Economic Consultants explains the skills shortage currently facing the Irish Construction Industry in Ireland. A report commissioned by CIF and carried out by DKM Economic Consultants states that construction activity can sustain an additional 112,000 jobs up to 2020 with an estimated €17.8billion worth of projects in the pipeline in 2017.

Eaton As Ireland builds for the future, Eaton Group is helping commercial property developers, owners and managers ensure the highest standards of safety, efficiency and sustainability. The $20 billion power management company, which has its headquarters in Pembroke Road, Dublin, and a warehouse and distribution operation in Maynooth, recognises that a building and its infrastructure are the foundation of any business. From medium and low voltage switchgear and uninterruptible power supplies to mains lighting, the right technologies and services are integral to the protection of people, assets and productivity.

Harry Mc Ardle, who set up Height for Hire in 1978, tells us about business, family and survival.

Height for Hire is the largest privately owned MEWP access rental company in the UK and Ireland, with over 2,000 machines in its fleet and 20 depots across Ireland, the UK, Hungary and Slovakia.

Back in the 1970s, before there was Height for Hire, Founder and Chairman Harry Mc Ardle ran a sludge disposal and water jetting business in Co. Louth. On one particularly tough day at a local industrial plant Harry looked up at his first aerial platform and never looked back.