There has never been a better time to be working in the Construction Industry. Construction activity is increasing and is projected to grow by 30 per cent in the next four years. Employment in the sector was up by 9.9 per cent in 2017, the second highest sector for growth, eclipsed only by Administration and Support Services which increased by 11.6 per cent (CSO).
With the country in the grip of a housing crisis the government has been forced to plan and invest heavily in the building sector. Government strategies such as the National Development Plan 2040, will provide ample opportunity for young people to join and work in a new modern construction industry. There are already huge demands placed on the sector to deliver on government strategies and the skills shortage in the sector is putting increased pressure on companies to source talent. With an estimated need for an additional 112,000 workers in the construction sector by 2020 (SOLAS) there will be even greater pressure to bring the necessary workforce together to meet targets set down by the National Development Plan 2040. Failure to attract people into the industry will see labour costs increase and a depletion of the available investment for vital infrastructure. This is an emergency situation for the industry. ‘Construction needs you’ àla Uncle Sam is not an exaggerated call from an industry in crisis.