70% of construction workers think the Government is not doing enough to bridge industry skills gap

Almost three quarters of the construction sector think the Government is not doing enough to bridge the skills gap in the industry
9 May 2019
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72% of construction workers have considered or may have to consider emigrating according to a survey by Construction Jobs Expo

• 70% of construction personnel believe there are not enough opportunities for women within the sector

• Just over 40% of people in construction say that the Government did not treat the industry fairly during the economic down turn, leaving one quarter (25%) in disagreement

• Thousands of engineering and construction jobs on offer at Construction Jobs Expo in Croke Park on May 11th

• FREE event – the first of its kind – featuring over 20 leading employers such as Glenveagh Properties PLC, JJ Rhatigan & Company, Construction Industry Federation, AWS and PM Group
May 2019

72% of construction personnel have considered or will have to consider emigrating from Ireland according to a survey conducted by Construction Jobs Expo which takes place in Croke Park, Dublin on Saturday May 11th.

Construction personnel found the reason for emigrating is 76% being employment opportunities for themselves and just under 20% of them considered moving due to rural lifestyle factors in Ireland such as the smaller communities and cost of living. With this in mind – 57% have applied for a job in the United Kingdom, despite the uncertainty of Brexit while 13% have said Brexit has negatively impacted their career. This is followed by 42% of the construction sector are unsure of Brexits impact on their own job situation.

When it comes to women, 70% of construction personnel believe there are not enough opportunities for women within the sector. Half of the respondents say the industry would benefit from having more women on board.

Almost three quarters (70%) of those employed in the construction sector think the Government is not doing enough to bridge the skills gap within the construction industry. A little over 40% of people say the industry was not treated fairly by the Government during the down turn despite one quarter disagreeing, leaving the 35% of respondents conflicted. Following on from the recession, 61% of people say the conditions within the sector are getting better with 36% of respondents say that positive fiscal trends seen in the construction sector at present are likely to continue for three to five years while just under 10% say they will not continue into the near future.

Just over half (54%) of the construction personnel are actively seeking a new position with 43% saying that job fairs are the way to go when looking to explore your options. Most would say the salary (44%), followed closely by a good working environment, were the most important factors when it comes to looking for a job. If they were to stay in their current career and look to move forward within it, just under 30% say the training they need to upskill and improve is too expensive and stopping them from exceling. Just 9% are happy with where they are.

Sponsored by Glenveagh Properties PLC and organised by Careers Unlimited and BCS Sales Recruitment, Construction Jobs Expo is a FREE event where thousands of construction sector jobs will be on offer. Companies in attendance on the day will be seeking engineers, electricians, estimators, quantity surveyors, health, safety, environmental and quality professionals as well as instrument technicians and experts in heating and plumbing.

Construction Jobs Expo is the first careers exhibition of its type and signals the return of high demand for skilled labour in Ireland. The construction sector suffered more than most during the economic downturn, but it now appears that the sector is back stronger than ever, with official figures indicating that over 120,000 skilled workers required between now and 2020. This need for skilled employees arises at a time when there is a significant shortage of construction workers in Ireland.

Construction Jobs Expo will feature more than 20 of the leading players in the construction sector at home and abroad, including:
• Glenveagh PLC
• JJ Rhatigan & Company
• Construction Industry Federation (CIF)
• Walls Construction
• Kirby Group Engineering
• Ardmac Construction
• Jones Engineering Group



In addition to meeting employers, there will also be the opportunity to attend a range of innovative industry talks given by career professionals who will cover advice on everything from upskilling and education courses, to bridging the gender gap in the sector.

Seminars taking place include:
• The Future of House Building with Stephen Garvey from Glenveagh Properties PLC
• Building your Career with a Difference with Fergus Barry from Grafton Merchanting
Joined by others such as
• PC Immigration
• CI Secure
• Walls Construction
• Cundall

Construction Jobs Expo is organised by Careers Unlimited and BCS Recruitment, an Irish company which specialises in education, recruitment and career enhancement.

Event sponsors include Glenveagh Properties PLC and BCS Recruitment.

Name: Construction Expo
Date: Saturday, 11 May, 2019
Venue: The Hogan Suite, Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin
Time: 10am – 4pm

For more details, check out www.constructionjobsexpo.ie or
follow up on Twitter @constructionire

For further details, please contact:
Breda Brown / Sarah Doyle
Unique Media
Tel: (01) 522 5200 or 085 139 7927 (SD)

Pictured at the launch of Construction Jobs Expo at Croke Park:

Laughlin Rigby, Marketing Director, Glenveagh Properties PLC
Paula Voiseux, Recruitment Manager, Glenveagh Properties PLC
Richard Carey, Head of Engineering, Glenveagh Properties PLC
Padraig Daly, Head of Recruitment, JJ Rhatigan
Dermot Carey, Director, Safety & Training, Construction Industry Federation
Feargus Barry, Group Head of HR, Kirby Engineering

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