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Careers in construction provide options and opportunity

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Careers in construction provide options and opportunity


Friday, March 10, 2017 




Careers in construction provide options and opportunity

Dermot Carey CIF’s head of the Safety, Health and Manpower gives food for thought to school leavers.

It is an exciting time for those entering the Construction Industry, with demand for skilled workers on the increase, competitive salaries and packages on the rise and the opportunity to work in on challenging and innovative projects increasing by the day.

Last year alone saw over €8 billions’ worth of construction projects moving on site in Ireland and there are projects to the tune of €19 billion in the pipeline.

According to a recent economic report by DKM, the industry looks set to experience growth up to 2020, which has the potential to create the demand for over 112,000 extra workers in the industry.

Over the last number of months many Irish people who had been living abroad have made the decision to return home, thanks to increasing opportunities and benefits here.

Late last year, the Construction Industry Federation launched CIFjobs.ie a resource to connect members of the diaspora thinking of returning to Ireland, with leading construction companies here, who are looking for skilled employees.

So far we have had a number of success stories and huge interest from both employees and employers alike.

There is currently a very broad range of professions and trades in demand at all levels from senior professionals to graduates in the Irish Construction Industry and this is being reflected in the jobs posted on CIFjobs.ie

All of the main professions are being sought: engineers, surveyors, architectural technicians, and we have all the trades: carpenters, plasterers, bricklayers, electricians and plumbers.

The DKM Demand for Skills report estimates the Irish construction industry will require the following up to 2020:

  • 9,600 Managers
  • 8,700 Professionals and Associate Professionals
  • 15,200 Electricians
  • 7,800 Bricklayers
  • 11,800 Plumbers
  • 30,800 Carpenters and Joiners
  • 13,900 Plasters/Floor and Tilers
  • 9,400 Painters and Decorators
  • 9,600 Managers
  • 18,100 Operatives
  • 27,600 General labourers

Through CIFjobs.ie we have filled a significant number jobs and more and more are continuing to come on stream.

The industry has come back very strongly over a short period of time and this has created a great demand for skills within the construction sector, which is in turn driving up salaries.

Ireland is now competing for skilled workers with other countries, which means that those coming into construction over the next few years, look set to enter a very favorable jobs market with attractive, competitive salaries and benefits.

Irish construction companies have developed a global reputation for excellence. Our experts are leaders in their field, both nationally and internationally. A number of Irish Construction companies are currently shaping major projects across the UK, North America and the Far East.

If you are considering your career options over the next few months, remember that construction is a resilient and ever changing industry that provides you with a number of globalised and innovation-driven career options.