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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...
The construction sector is central to ending the cycle of boom and bust in the Irish economy, the president of the Construction Industry Federation ( CIF ) has said. Dominic Doheny was speaking at the annual CIF conference today, and said the government’s efforts to end volatility in the Irish economy will be influenced by whether the construction industry can become more productive and efficient. “This is our last chance...
The State’s official unemployment rate fell to 5.4 per cent in September, down from 5.6 per cent the previous month. The rate had, however, been revised up to 5.6 per cent in August as a result of new population estimates. The latest monthly figures from the  Central Statistics Office  (CSO) show the number of workers classified as unemployed fell by 4,800 to 129,400 on a seasonally adjusted basis in September. This...
Up to 2,000 construction jobs will be created on a new €100 million Irish distribution centre and regional headquarters for supermarket giant Lidl. Work has just begun on the new facility, which will be based in Newbridge, Co Kildare, and will be three times the size of the Aviva Stadium It will be a key part of Lidl Ireland’s €200 million investment programme for 2018. The new headquarters will cost half of that...
Construction purchasing managers’ index shows house-building is the strongest performer Growth in construction continued through August despite slowing slightly on the previous month, data published on Monday shows. Ulster  Bank’s construction purchasing managers’ index (PMI) shows that activity in commercial development, house-building and public projects increased again last month. August was the 60th...
Figure represents growth of almost 64 per cent in the last three years, but it is still only 55 per cent of the 2007 peak output of €38 billion Construction industry output is expected to  grow even further  in 2018, according to Linesight. At the beginning of 2018, it was predicted that construction output would reach €20.1 billion this year; however, according to Richard Joyce, managing director of Linesight, this...
The Irish construction sector has now completed five years of growth in activity. Growth remained elevated during August - despite moderating from July – with strong increases in housing and commercial activity. Higher workloads led constructors to increase their staffing levels and purchasing activity. Meanwhile, the rate of input price inflation quickened amid rising costs for a range of raw materials. The Ulster Bank...
FRANKLIN D Roosevelt famously stated “we have nothing to fear but fear itself”. But if you've opened a newspaper in the last 24 months, everyone is being told to be afraid of Brexit. This isn't another negatively tailored (fear-mongering) article to worry everyone about the implications of Brexit. Save for some miraculous intervention, it is happening whether we want it or not. The construction industry in Ireland , both north...
Building up a picture of the state of construction What do CRH, Kingspan and Grafton, which unveiled half-year results, tell us about the construction sector, asks Dan White looks at what they tell us about the sector Ireland's three construction stocks; CRH, Grafton and Kingspan, unveiled their half-year results last week. With output increasing rapidly, what do these interims tell us about the state of the construction industry?...