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The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.

About

What unifies the people involved in all areas of the Building, Construction & Property sector is the pride they take in the completion of a project. Whether it's a developer admiring a building he’s looked after from when it was just an idea, a bricklayer seeing the outcome of weeks of work or the satisfaction a real estate agent feels when handing the keys of a newly built home over to its new owners.

Skills

    adaptability, managing resources, time management, prioritising work, leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, data analysis & statistics, decision making, people management, persuasion, independence, physical activity, complying with regulations, maintaining machinery,

Key Facts

166k
employed in construction activities in Q4 2017
110k
additional construction workers required to rebuild Ireland over the next 3 years
578
architects practices in Ireland
50,000
new construction jobs needed by 2020 to meet housing demand

Labour Market Information

In the final stretch of 2017 there were 133,000 people employed in the construction sector, 6% of the total number of people employed. The sector grew by 10% between Q4 2016 and Q4 2017, making it the second fastest growing sector, this translates to an additional 12,000 persons employed.

Most of the employment (65%) in the sector was in specialised construction activities such as bricklaying, scaffolding or construction equipment renting, with the remaining 35% working in the construction of buildings or civil engineering.

In addition, 32,922 were employed in other engineering activities, including architectural activities and technical testing, much of which would be related to construction and building services.

According to the SOLAS Vacancy Overview 2018 employment growth in 2018 was very strong, with many open positions advertised. Most of these hiring activity was focused on skilled trades, such as electricians, carpenters and plumbers.

Advice from Experts...

If you want to know more about working in the in the sector, hear what the experts have to say.

Construction

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Posted by Construction Industry Federation
Apprentices.ie
Apprentices.ie

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Posted by Construction Industry Federation
Women in Construction
Women in Construction

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Posted by Construction Industry Federation

Career and Training Opportunities with...

CRH plc

CRH plc recruits individuals who wish to pursue a challenging and rewarding career path within the Company.

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Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland

Thinking about your future? Find out more about the exciting career paths open to chartered surveyors!

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Career Videos...

 
Brian	Conville - Bricklayer
Posted by Construction Industry Federation

Brian Conville - Bricklayer

 
Mark	Maguire - Apprentice Electrician
Posted by Construction Industry Federation

Mark Maguire - Apprentice Electrician

 
Oisin	Murphy - Apprentice Carpenter
Posted by Construction Industry Federation

Oisin Murphy - Apprentice Carpenter

 
Eileen Faherty - Electrician / Quantity Surveyor
Posted by Construction Industry Federation

Eileen Faherty - Electrician / Quantity Surveyor

Career Interviews

Maria O'Neill, Civil Engineer

Engineering is all about team work. I'm also organised, and positive. There are no problems, only difficult solutions

Philip Weinman, Project Manager - Construction

I was always interested in technical subjects in school and was able to get some work experience prior in an engineering design office prior to leaving school. 

Owen Stephens, Building Services Engineer

Any construction related role would be beneficial for someone who wants to pursue a career as a Building Services Engineer.

College Course Videos...

 
Building & Civil Engineering -  Workshops - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT
Posted by Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT

Building & Civil Engineering - Workshops - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT

 
Construction Management - DT117 - TU Dublin - Dublin City
Posted by TU Dublin - Dublin City

Construction Management - DT117 - TU Dublin - Dublin City

 
Architecture CK606  - University College Cork
Posted by University College Cork

Architecture CK606 - University College Cork