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Skills-short areas of construction and property see rises in salaries

By Ferdia White, Senior Manager of Hays Construction & Property team

 

The construction industry in Ireland has continued to experience a steady period of growth, and with skills shortages ongoing in certain areas, attracting talent continues to be a challenge. This demand looks set to continue into 2020, and the 3.2% salary increases across the construction and property sector over the last 12 months are heavily linked to the need for qualified professionals with the skills and experience needed to help employers meet their business objectives. Indeed, the vast majority (92%) of Irish employers overall have experienced skills shortages in the last year, according to the Hays Ireland Salary & Recruiting Trends 2020 report.

Despite ongoing uncertainty around Brexit, there is strong evidence to suggest that 2020 will be another year of growth. Commercial projects have been a major driver of this in recent years, and the sector continues to thrive in Dublin. Meanwhile, the recent demand for surveyors and site engineers continues unabated, and salaries for these roles continue to rise to match demand. Happily for employees working in areas where candidates are in particularly short supply, bigger pay rises and increased opportunities are available and will continue to be into the New Year. In light of this, we’ve had a closer look at what’s in store for 2020 and which roles in construction and property have seen the biggest salary increases:

Top 10 most in-demand roles for 2020 in construction and property:

  1. Building Services Engineers
  2. Quantity Surveyors
  3. Architectural Technologists
  4. Site Engineers
  5. Structural Engineers
  6. Chartered Surveyors
  7. BIM Technicians
  8. Health & Safety Officers
  9. Project Managers
  10. Electrical Engineers

If your role is not on this list, it would be worth rethinking which skills you might want to build on and in which direction you want your career to go. Although starting again from the bottom of the ladder might not be realistic, you could explore where your profession is heading and whether a sideways move or upskilling opportunity might be possible.

Are you being paid what you deserve?

Whether you are planning to move on or remain in your current role, it is vital to know whether you could earn more in line with regional and national averages and your own skillsets and experience.

Once you have this knowledge to hand, you can make the case for a pay increase, or build on those existing skills that are most in demand and would command the highest salary.

What skills are in demand?

With automation becoming an increasingly prolific theme in the world of work, there is an increasing need amongst Irish employers for operations skills (38%) and leadership skills (32%). Demand is high for managers who can combine awareness of how technology can streamline processes with the softer skills of people management, allowing them to guide and galvanize their workforce into achieving business objectives.

Those who can combine both technical and softer skills will be best placed to secure a competitive salary, and become indispensable to organisations in the coming year.

Find out how salaries and recruiting trends are changing across the construction and property function by requesting your copy of the Hays Ireland Salary & Recruiting Trends 2020 guide.

About this author

Ferdia joined Hays in 2011. With over 6 years' experience, he currently manages the Construction & Property team in Dublin. Ferdia recruits within the Building Services sector in Leinster.

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