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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 2018 there were 144,000 people employed in the construction sector, 6% of total employment in the state. The sector grew by 8% between Q4 2017 and Q4 2018, making it the second fastest growing sector, this translates to an additional 10,600 persons employed.

Construction had the highest average of paid working hours in 2018. Most of the employment (53%) in the sector was in specialised construction activities such as bricklaying, scaffolding or construction equipment renting, with 37% working in the construction of buildings and the remaining working in civil engineering.

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

  • Career Opportunities
  • Education and Training 
  • Career Advice
  • Work Experience 

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Posted by Construction Industry Federation
Apprentices.ie
Apprentices.ie

  • Register your interest in an apprenticeship
  • Current Vacancies
  • Employ an Apprentice
  • Career Videos 

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Posted by Construction Industry Federation
Women in Construction
Women in Construction

  • Why choose a career in construction?
  • #BuildingEquality Campaign
  • Career Stories
  • Videos 

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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 Interview Videos...

Leanne Leonard - Consulting / Design Engineer
Posted by Smart Futures

Leanne Leonard - Consulting / Design Engineer

Carole Smillie -
Posted by Construction Industry Federation

Carole Smillie -

Lisa Roche - Collen Construction
Posted by Construction Industry Federation

Lisa Roche - Collen Construction

Kieran McGrath - Civil and Structural Engineer
Posted by ESB

Kieran McGrath - Civil and Structural Engineer

College Course Videos...

Building Technology and Design  - Sligo College of Further Education
Posted by Sligo College of Further Education

Building Technology and Design - Sligo College of Further Education

Architecture LM099 - University of Limerick
Posted by University of Limerick

Architecture LM099 - University of Limerick

Architecture DN100 - University College Dublin - UCD
Posted by University College Dublin - UCD

Architecture DN100 - University College Dublin - UCD

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