Following the results of a survey carried out by the Society on over 300 construction and property firms, it was found that there is an emerging shortage of suitably qualified graduates to fill vacancies in property and construction over the coming four-year period.
With the property market set to continue to grow, the research highlights the significant opportunities that exist for Chartered Surveyors who wish to return home to work and live in Ireland.
The emerging skills shortages are affecting the Society’s members, many of whom are experiencing problems recruiting experienced qualified personnel and graduates. There is serious concern that the shortfall could threaten the pace of the recovery in the property and construction sectors.
Based on a conservative forecast of economic growth up to December 2019 (3% growth p.a.), the survey found that almost 2,042 new employment opportunities are expected to be created across the surveying profession; 1046 new jobs in quantity surveying and 996 new jobs in property surveying.
Based on current student enrolments on surveying courses, there will only be enough Irish graduates to fill just half of those positions – 1047 or 52%.
It is for this reason, the Society have embarked on a joint campaign with ConnectIreland to address this issue by encouraging Chartered Surveyors working abroad to return home to Ireland.
The campaign will see prominent on-screen advertising and an information stand placed at Dublin airport in Terminal 2 over the Christmas period until 10th of January 2016.
We hope that this campaign will alert Chartered Surveyors that are home for the holidays to the growing number of vacancies in Ireland and the many opportunities that await them should they return.
ConnectIreland is the body responsible for attracting businesses to Ireland and rewards their ‘Connectors’ that bring the business home. Visit http://www.connectireland.com for more information.
SCSI On-Screen Advertisements at Dublin airport T2