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Bid to attract skilled Donegal tradespeople 19.12.16

SKILLED Donegal tradespeople who emigrated during the recession are being invited home with the promise of over 100,000 jobs and good salaries over the next four years.
The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has launched a new construction jobs website aimed at getting electricians, bricklayers, plumbers, carpenters and other tradespeople to stay home after Christmas.
The site is "targeting the diaspora" to fill some 112,000 job vacancies up until 2020 across the regions.
The CIF said demand for construction skills is outstripping supply with salary increases of up to 10% expected.
The construction lobby group said an estimated €19 billion worth of projects are in the pipeline for 2017.
The new website features jobs with leading construction companies.
It is estimated that among those needed are 15,200 electricians; 7, 800 bricklayers; 11,800 plumbers; 30,800 carpenters and joiners; 13,900 plasterers/floor and tilers; 9,400 painters and decorators; 9,600 managers; 18,100 operatives and 27,600 general labourers.
CIF director general Tom Parlon said: “The construction industry is growing strongly across all our sectors and trades. We are asking Irish people with construction experience who have left Ireland to consider returning to take up a role in construction. There is sufficient work in the pipeline to require about another 112,000 jobs up to 2020 and beyond.
"The Government’s will likely expand the €43billion Capital Programme in 2017, the Rebuilding Ireland Strategy envisages an annual output of 25,000 houses per year by 2020 and the demand for specialist buildings related to FDI is increasing. So, there is a basis for people to build strong careers in construction here in Ireland," he added.
He said that a recent Hays Recruitment Salary guide shows that salaries here are "approaching those levels of Canada, Australia and the US for those with experience particularly in QS, architecture, building services and increasingly the trades". The new website can be reached at www.cifjobs.ie .
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