New survey predicts increased demand for qualified professionals

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland has warned there is a serious shortage of qualified graduates coming into the profession and, together with ConnectIreland, is urging surveyors working abroad to return home.


A new survey of 300 construction and property firms shows that, based on a conservative forecast of economic growth up to December 2019 (3% growth p.a.), almost 2,042 new employment opportunities are expected to be created across the surveying profession.


However based on current student enrolments on surveying courses here there will only be sufficient Irish graduates to fill just over half those positions – 1047 or 52% – with the result that a growing shortage of qualified graduates is set to emerge over the next four years.


The SCSI, which is the professional representative body for the property, land and construction sectors, recently published the results of their survey and joined forces with ConnectIreland to encourage surveyors working abroad to return home.


The Director General of the SCSI Patricia Byron said that over the coming 12 months, the SCSI will be actively progressing a number of initiatives to combat the shortage of surveyors facing the property and construction industry.


“The SCSI will endeavour to build on the strength of this initiative with ConnectIreland in order to continue to attract the Irish diaspora home. The SCSI will also be exploring opportunities to establish on-the-job training programmes as well as ways of accelerating routes for those interested in becoming surveyors.”


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