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Construction Jobs - Market Overview 2019

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Thoughts on the Market

The construction market continued to expand throughout 2018 with forecasts showing this trend will continue into 2019.  With the government’s commitment to Project 2040 and the Land Development Agency, we expect to see more of a focus on residential projects. Recent data has indicated that while more homes are being built, they are far off meeting the demand in the market. In addition, the drive to provide more residential development will have a knock-on effect on infrastructure projects required for servicing areas of housing growth.
There is significant optimism in the wider economy for continued growth and as Brexit takes shape, construction companies will have the opportunity to provide services to firms looking to relocate their EU base to Ireland. On the flip side, Brexit fears loom over the construction industry as we are yet to see how it may affect investment decisions, the cost of materials from the UK and other related factors.

 

Salaries in 2019

Throughout 2018, salaries steadily rose for the majority of professions within the construction industry. We project this upward trend to continue into 2019, especially within building services design, civil engineering, structural engineering and quantity surveying. As companies struggle to source highly qualified talents, broader packages are being offered to candidates with some including relocation assistance to candidates returning from abroad. Furthermore, flexible working arrangements including working from home and flexitime working are being offered, especially within design consultancies. Initiatives like this are becoming the norm as companies fight to retain engineers and construction professionals.

 

Top Tips for 2019

It is important to keep your industry knowledge and skillset up to date as technological developments in areas such as BIM, scheduling software and approaches to document control continue to proliferate throughout the industry. If possible, commit to part time study in relevant technical areas. This adds considerable value to your skills and conveys to employers that you are serious about being knowledgeable in your sector. 

In terms of progressing your career, it’s imperative to get involved with as many stages of a project as you can, including closing out and handover. This not only demonstrates commitment to the project, it will enhance your experience of various aspects of construction and design while affording real project achievements that can be highlighted on a CV. 

 

Looking for a construction job? Check out our latest jobs here

 

Posted by Richard Walsh on 20 May 2019

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