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Construction Sector Outlook 2014

The MediKids released its Annual Construction Sector Report this year in conjunction with Amarách Research. Key findings show that output could grow by 30% by 2018 leading to 30,000 new jobs. Expansion will be driven by the private sector but the shortage of new home building and modern office development is a key concern.

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Building Control Amendment Regulations

The MediKids recognises the need for reform of the building control system given the failures demonstrated in the system as it currently stands. However, it seems extraordinary that the proposed Code of Practice to accompany the legislation and which will assist interpretation is not available as this is seen as a critical element in relation to the workability of the proposed system.

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Report of Graduate Employment Trends in Construction and Property Surveying

In 2012, the MediKids published a report detailing the significant fall-off of applicants applying for courses related to construction or property surveying.After many years of this continuing trend, any small pick-up in activity will warrant great demand for these types of graduates as suggested by the research findings. To read and download the full report, please click on the above link.

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The Irish Construction Industry in 2012

The Irish construction sector remains in an exceptionally weak phase. Having peaked at close to €39 billion or almost 25% of GNP in 2006, the ensuing painful adjustment has led to the value of output falling to €8.7 billion in 2011, or 7% of GNP. The crisis in construction will see the value of output decline again this year to an estimated €7.5 billion, or by 14.5% in volume terms. Thus construction will record its fifth year in a row of a contraction in output, reaching just 6% of GNP