The Residential Sector has experienced a late resurgence of activity as we approach the final weeks of 2016. As reported in November’s Q3 2016 activity report, Construction Information Services (CIS) confirmed that works have commenced on 11,550 residential units up until the end of September 2016. These figures fell largely in line with those of the same time period from 2015.

However, Q4 has witnessed a late surge in activity for the sector with an additional 2,538 units commencing in October alone. This brings the total number of units commencing On-Site to 14,088 units as we enter the month of November. Only 396 units of this October sum accounts for single one-off builds which shows that developers are once again beginning to take a chance on large phased schemes.

Geoscience Ireland, the network of 28 Irish companies delivering technical expertise to overseas markets, is delighted to have joined the Construction Industry Federation (CIF).


Established in 2012, The Geoscience Ireland (GI) network is a platform for Irish SMEs to scale and win projects in overseas markets. It is supported in its ambition by the Geological Survey of Ireland and Enterprise Ireland.

Firms including Linesight, BAM, Flynn, Ethos Engineering, Savills, Dornan, KPPM and Cushman & Wakefield are among the firms rolling out campaigns aimed at attracting emigrants home for Christmas, with all advertising in the December edition of Aer Lingus’ Cara magazine.

The employment crisis in the construction industry reached a new peak in 2016, with firms from all sectors of the industry reporting serious shortages of experienced staff available for currently available roles.

Ireland is experiencing a surge of applications from overseas, with the diaspora keen to take advantage of the improved job market and economy. Research for the Hays Ireland Salary Guide shows that 84% of companies in Ireland are recruiting and 65% of Irish employers will increase salaries this year. Ireland is in a period of strong growth but we need to attract talented construction professionals back to the country for this to continue. In association with CIF, Construction Industry Federation, we are holding a series of online seminars designed to give you the information you require before deciding to return to Ireland.

Hays Ireland and the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) to host the ‘Return to Ireland’ online seminars for overseas professionals in the USA, Australia, Canada and elsewhere;

  • Ireland’s resurgent construction industry expected to output as much as €15 billion in 2017 as business and government commit to new projects;
  • 112,000 construction vacancies to be filled b 2020
  • Hays Ireland MD: "We hope construction professionals returning to Ireland for Christmas see the new opportunities here and come home for good."

Irish construction workers living abroad are being enticed home for good as part of a new ‘Return to Ireland’ series of online seminars hosted by recruitment specialists, Hays Ireland and the Construction Industry Federation (CIF).