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Critical need to attract foreign workers to build houses thwarted by boom-bust cycle Lingering doubts about the long-term sustainability of the Irish construction sector is thwarting efforts to recruit overseas workers, a major building company has said. The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has warned the Republic will need an influx of foreign workers to meet housing targets. It also cautioned that the shortage may, in the...
The Irish construction sector has experienced its weakest rise in construction output since March 2015 though job creation has quickened. Activity in Ireland rose only moderately during October, with the pace of expansion slowing. Growth of new business also eased, but the rate of job creation reached a three-month high; staffing levels increased for the 62nd successive month. Meanwhile, input costs rose at the slowest pace since September...
Higher wages in Dublin are persuading skilled construction workers to relocate from the North to the Republic, creating fresh labour shortages for North’s construction sector, a new industry report shows. Strong demand and increasing wages for construction industry professionals in the Republic are making it difficult for Northern Ireland firms to compete, a new trade survey by the North’s Construction Employers Federation...
Plans have been lodged for a €40m development at the Donald Trump-owned Trump International Doonbeg golf resort in west Clare. The new plan includes 53 holiday homes, a ballroom/function room, a leisure centre and a new restaurant. The construction phase of the project is to employ up to 100 people at its peak and General Manager of Trump Doonbeg, Joe Russell said on Thursday that the application is “a further vote of...
Flynn Management and Contractors are expanding their workforce to more than 200 employees with the creation of 50 new jobs. The Irish construction and fit out specialist will be filling the new roles, which will have an average salary of €60,000, over the next two years. Based across Flynn's Irish operations and their London office, the new positions will be in the areas of: project management, engineering, quantity...
A growing number of Irish workers in Vancouver are going into the construction industry to beef up missing company muscle, prompting local employers to rethink international recruitment strategies and the future of employment in the sector. A total of 5,885 immigrants from Ireland were living in B.C. as of 2016 – 3,835 of them in the Metro Vancouver area, said Lori Cascaden, communications manager at the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and...
There has been a general decline in European jobseeker interest in British jobs, with Ireland recording the sharpest decrease in jobseeker interest, down 44% since 2015, according to figures released by global job site, Indeed. The study, by Indeed's economic research unit, found that from mid-2015 European jobseekers as a whole became less interested in UK jobs. Poland was second only to Ireland in recording the sharpest decline in...
New Dublin Airport runway to begin construction immediately after contract awarded to Irish-Spanish consortium Construction of the new runway at  Dublin Airport  is to start immediately after the authority (daa) announced the awarding of the main construction contract. The new 3.1km North Runway will be a joint venture between Irish firm Roadbridge and Spanish infrastructure company FCC Construcción (FCC)....
The Construction Industry requires more female workers to meet current demand for skills and to deliver Ireland’s urgent housing and infrastructure needs. This is according to the Construction Industry Federation (CIF). The CIF will today launch its first Diversity and Inclusion Guidance Document for the Construction sector in a bid to address the existing gender imbalance. Earlier this year, the Construction Industry...
ACROSS Dublin, signs of a new boom are everywhere. Cranes again pepper the city centre. Celebrity restaurant hot spot The Ivy has opened close to parliament, hoping for an influx of bankers fleeing Brexit. In the same complex, Barclays is paying 4,000 euros (S$6,400) a year apiece for car parking spaces and 2.36 million euros annual rent at its new offices. Barclays's rent is 13 per cent more than the most recent estimate for the...
WORKERS currently established in the building trade in the north are enjoying increased workloads - but fewer companies in the sector are taking on new staff, a survey says. The latest quarterly construction trade barometer from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and legal firm Tughans has thrown up some anomalies, with overall construction workloads in the private sector rising but infrastructure activity and public...
The regeneration of Cork’s docklands has stepped up another gear with work underway on a €125m office block on the northern quays which will be able to accommodate more than 2,250 Construction workers by mid-2020. John Cleary, the developer behind the Penrose Dock project near the train station, said he believes the scheme, which is being built next to the larger €400m HQ office, 136-bed boutique hotel and apartments...