What are the main occupations in this sector?
Because the industry is so varied and diverse, there is a vast array of career opportunities across the construction sector, for all persons, men and women.
Depending on your aptitude and abilities, there is an opportunity to work in a dynamic growing sector and in an environment that both challenges and rewards.
The main Apprentice-based occupations and Craftworker categories in this sector are:
Electrician; Plumber; Carpenter & Joiner; Stone mason; Bricklayer; Pipefitter; Painter and Decorator; Tiler; Sheet metal worker etc. - more details on the SOLAS website.
Professionals in the sector include:
- Engineers (all disciplines - Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Building Services, Structural )
- Site Foremen
- Site Agent
- Site Engineers
- Quantity Surveyors
- Construction Project Managers
- Construction Site Managers
- Building Surveyors
- Construction Planners
- BIM Professionals (Building Information Modelling)
- Construction Technicians
- Health & Safety Managers
There are also Operative-level occupations:
What types of employment contracts are there?
In general, most people working in the construction industry work directly for companies or agencies. That being said, many people once they gain experience and abilities, start their own businesses and therefore become self-employed and indeed employ others.
What are the typical earnings of these occupations?
Graduates can expect to earn between €30,000 - €35,000. Salaries move up quickly and a graduate can expect salaries to rise by up to 25% in the first 12 – 18 months.
Crafts/trades and apprentices can expect to earn the following rates;
HOURLY RATES REGISTERED AGREEMENT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
RATES OF PAY
Category 1 Worker €17.04 per hour
General Operatives with more than one year’s experience working in the sector
Category 2 Worker €18.36 per hour
Skilled General Operatives:
Scaffolders who hold an Advanced Scaffolding Card and who have four years’ experience Banksmen, steel fixers, crane drivers and heavy machine operators
Craft Worker €18.93 per hour
Bricklayers/stone layers, carpenters and joiners, floor layers, glaziers, Painters, plasterers, stone cutters, wood machinists, slaters and tilers
New Entrant €13.77 per hour
General operatives who are over the age of 18 years and entering the Sector for the first time.
1st year 33.3% of craft rate
2nd year 50% of craft rate
3rd year 75% of craft rate
4th year 90% of craft rate
Monday – Friday from normal finishing time to midnight time plus a half Midnight to normal starting time double time
Weekends first four hours from normal starting time On Saturday morning time plus a half All subsequent hours worked double time.
How do you get a job in this sector?
General Construction Job Vacancies:
Jobs are advertised in a variety of media such as college recruitment drives, business sections of the national newspapers, local media, trade magazines, recruitment websites, college/second level career guidance counsellors etc.
People may also get jobs from contacting those already employed in the industry and by contacting construction companies directly.
CIF also advertise positions - see www.cifjobs.ie