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'Thousands of non-national construction workers will be needed to meet housing targets' - Ibec

BUSINESS GROUP IBEC has said that Ireland does not currently have enough experienced construction workers to build much-needed housing, adding that non-national workers will be needed to help with complete government plans

In its latest quarterly economic outlook published today, Ibec says that 2016 figures showed that 80,000-100,000 workers would be needed to meet government construction targets but that this has not been met.

Ibec says that just 26,000 have been added in the two years since and that there is not enough construction workers on the Live Register to make up the shortfall.

“A further 60,000 to 80,000 workers will be needed, at a minimum, to meet demand over the coming years. At the same time, there are only 33,000 workers formerly in craft or related sectors (the best proxy for construction ready workers) on the Live Register,” the report states.

https://www.thejournal.ie/ibec-construction-4426537-Jan2019/

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