If you know anyone thinking of changing their CAO to construction-based studies, now’s certainly the time. The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland just published a report forecasting a shortage of property surveyors. Ultimately, they project a deficit of more than 2,000 for the Irish construction sector over the next four years.
SCSI is a professional body which represents construction, land and property professionals in Ireland. This latest report, titled ‘Employment Opportunities and Future Skills Requirements for Surveying Professions’ is an expansion on one from 2014. It subsequently focuses on employment levels in the sector over the next four years, taking into consideration the numbers currently enrolled on third-level surveying programmes.
If industry growth continues as predicted, the deficit will only increase. The report estimates 3,739 additional surveying positions will be created between now and 2021. Meanwhile, the number of students graduating over the same period is only 1,577, leaving 2,162 vacant roles. Potentially, this shortage of qualified professionals will impact on wage levels and ultimately on building costs.
Read the full report online at www.scsi.ie.
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