Construction Employment

19 Aug 2013

The level of construction employment has fallen considerably in recent years. At the height of Ireland’s construction boom the sector provided 273,900 direct employment positions. However at one point in 2012 the level of direct employment dropped to 99,600. This represents a drop of 174,000 positions in direct construction employment over 5 years.
The level of employment has since slightly increased, although there are still question marks over how the employment figures will fare into 2013.

Average direct construction employment per year (1998 – 2012):

Year Average Direct Construction Employment
1998 124,000
1999 140,575
2000 162,575
2001 173,700
2002 175,925
2003 181,800
2004 203,225
2005 232,525
2006 259,500
2007 270,325
2008 239,350
2009 157,075
2010 121,000
2011 107,800
2012 101,800

Figures for direct construction employment by quarter:

Quarter and Year Direct Construction Employment Figure
Q1 1998 118,100
Q2 1998 119,700
Q3 1998 127,100
Q4 1998 131,100
Q1 1999 133,800
Q2 1999 137,000
Q3 1999 143,800
Q4 1999 147,700
Q1 2000 154,200
Q2 2000 160,800
Q3 2000 167,000
Q4 2000 168,300
Q1 2001 169,200
Q2 2001 172,200
Q3 2001 177,300
Q4 2001 176,100
Q1 2002 173,800
Q2 2002 173,400
Q3 2002 181,300
Q4 2002 175,500
Q1 2003 175,500
Q2 2003 180,300
Q3 2003 185,900
Q4 2003 185,500
Q1 2004 188,300
Q2 2004 197,800
Q3 2004 213,200
Q4 2004 213,600
Q1 2005 225,100
Q2 2005 228,900
Q3 2005 236,000
Q4 2005 240,100
Q1 2006 247,000
Q2 2006 251,700
Q3 2006 269,300
Q4 2006 270,000
Q1 2007 270,400
Q2 2007 273,900
Q3 2007 270,800
Q4 2007 266,200
Q1 2008 255,800
Q2 2008 246,100
Q3 2008 235,800
Q4 2008 219,700
Q1 2009 182,800
Q2 2009 153,200
Q3 2009 153,400
Q4 2009 138,900
Q1 2010 130,600
Q2 2010 126,500
Q3 2010 115,900
Q4 2010 111,000
Q1 2011 108,500
Q2 2011 106,400
Q3 2011 108,500
Q4 2011 107,800
Q1 2012 103,300
Q2 2012 99,600
Q3 2012 101,100
Q4 2012 103,200

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