Construction sector 'set to grow by 30%' - report

Construction sector 'set to grow by 30%' - report

It is hoped that a boost in the construction industry will begin to attract emigrants home to Ireland.

A new report by the Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland has forecast growth of 30% within the sector over the next four years, with the creation of almost 30,000 jobs.

It is predicted that the upward trend in activity will be driven by the private commercial and residential sectors.

President of the SCSI, Micheál O'Connor, says Dublin is the main driving force behind the positive outlook.

Mr O'Connor also said they have concerns about being able to fill the jobs in the growing sector.

"A lot of construction workers have emigrated and also there's a lack of school leavers embarking on a career in construction or property," Mr O'Connor said.

"So that's going to be a real concern, and it will see a need for potentially emigrants to return home and re-engage in the construction and property sector."

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