Belfast Telegraph

Construction job offers triple in 12 months, claims recruiter

By Sarah Stack

Construction and property jobs in the Republic have tripled in the last 12 months, according to one of the country's biggest recruiters.

Hays found a three-fold increase in the number of jobs on offer within the sector in May 2014 in comparison to the same month last year.

The findings come as Northern Ireland's construction sector experienced a similarly buoyant month, according to the Ulster Bank's purchasing managers' index.

In the Republic, quantity surveyors, project managers, site engineers and property managers are particularly in demand. Property specialists, like surveyors and letting agents, are scarce on the ground, meaning they are in particularly high demand, the company said.

The news adds to a growing body of data that suggests employment in the construction sector is firmly in recovery mode.

"While we are still a very long way off the frantic activity of the pre-crash years, it is nonetheless encouraging to see positive signs of growth within construction and property," said Mike McDonagh, Hays' director of construction and property.

Commercial work is providing the bulk of jobs growth, the company said. But employment is also growing on the residential side, albeit at a slower rate.

The Ulster Bank PMI for Northern Ireland said construction in Northern Ireland experienced its fastest ever rate of growth during May.

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