More workers needed for housing and infrastructure projects
IBEC (Irish Business and Employers Confederation) have said that currently there is not enough experienced construction workers to build the required level of housing, it added to this by saying that the immediate need would need to be filled by non-national workers with the help of government plans to aid this.
The latest economic outlook for the most recent quarter being published today showed that 2016 figures showed that 80,000-100,000 workers would be needed to to reach these targets, a figure which to date has not been met. There is an expected further 60,000-80,000 workers at minimum needed to meet these targets for the coming years.
According the live register there is 33,000 workers formerly in craft related sectors the report states.
This number is down from the 120,000 in 2009. The past year has seen a mere growth rate of 3,800 non-national workers. A significant increased is required for if the much-needed delivery of housing and infrastructure project are to be delivered. On the completion of housing the figures show that the total new number of homes completed in the past year was 18,500, with the coming year 22,000 to be completed and 25,000 units in 2020.
For these projects to be completed undertaken a significant number of workers will need too arrive to allow these projects to be completed.