So many surveyors have been hit by the crash of the property and construction markets that they are being offered advice on how to cope with redundancy, it was revealed today.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors which has 3,000 members in Northern Ireland is bringing together recruitment, legal and industry experts to offer counselling to members facing unemployment or already out of work.
The RICS is coy about detailing numbers but certainly dozens of surveyors, possibly hundreds, have lost their jobs or are facing redundancy.
The institution's Northern Ireland director Ben Collins said they had a broad base of members who operated in a wide variety of roles across the land, property and construction sectors.
"With current conditions in the local property and construction sectors, redundancy is an unfortunate reality facing a number of members."
The RICS had been working hard for some time to support the retention of professional skills within Northern Ireland's property and construction sectors to ensure that future high quality , sustainable development could be undertaken, he said.
"This event is intended to appropriately inform and help motivate chartered surveyors facing the threat of, or actual, redundancy and where possible to help support them into new employment within Northern Ireland," said Mr Collins.
The evening event at RICS HQ in Belfast will look at the rights of chartered surveyors being made redundant, potential career development opportunities for those out of work in the current environment, interview techniques and other practical advice.
Mr Collins said: "Chartered surveyors have unique skills that add very significant value to society in Northern Ireland. Ensuring that these skills are put to best use for the benefit of society and retaining them for the long-term is essential and is a key focus of RICS Northern Ireland's strategy."