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Construction Workers in High Demand, Leading IrishJobs.ie Data

IrishJobs.ie reports that construction workers have been the most sought-after professionals this year, with a significant increase in demand for site engineers (+255%) and site managers (+157%) over the past 12 months. Both roles are among the top 10 most searched-for positions in 2023, indicating the impact of the current skills shortage in the construction industry.

Other professionals in high demand include nurses, financial accountants, and engineers, with searches for these roles increasing by 94%, 67%, and 21%, respectively, year-on-year. The data also highlights a growing demand for data management skills, with lead data architects experiencing the largest annual increase in job postings.

Despite economic challenges, the job market remains robust, and competition among firms to recruit talent is fierce. The construction sector’s sustained high demand emphasises the need for upskilling and reskilling initiatives to meet ambitious national housing and climate targets.

Sam Dooley, country director for the Stepstone Group Ireland, underscores the importance of addressing these needs through development programmes, promoting careers in the sector, increasing training availability, and recruiting skilled talent internationally. The analysis is based on data from the IrishJobs TalentBank database, covering 1.2 million job candidates in Ireland, with a focus on corporate jobs advertised from January to September.

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