New report shows significant demand for graduates of surveying

19 May 2014:  A new report, prepared by DIT academics Dr. Roisin Murphy and Mr. Stephen Walsh, has identified that a shortage of qualified graduates of surveying could threaten the pace of recovery in the construction and property sector.  The report, entitled ‘Employment Opportunities and Skills Requirements for Property and Construction Surveying 2014’, shows demand for over 1000 jobs for surveying professionals coming on stream over the next four years.  This level of demand would be based on a forecast of economic growth up to 2018 of 2% p.a.

The study, which was commissioned by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), included a survey of 400 construction and property firms nationwide. Demand for qualified professionals has already increased significantly, with firms competing for graduates to fill current posts. As a result of lower application rates through the CAO over the last five years for programmes in surveying, the number of graduates coming through is not sufficient to meet this increased demand.

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Ciara Murphy, Director General of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) said; “the significant decline in CAO applications for property and construction surveying courses mirrored the fall in activity in the industry. However, as activity levels have improved in the property market, particularly in urban areas and with construction output expected to grow by 30% over the coming 4 years, the lack of new graduates entering the profession is a major concern for employers”.

According to the report 66% of the firms surveyed were paying graduates salaries of between €20 to €30K, while 5% reported graduate salaries of €30 to €40K.

“Our courses are producing excellent graduates, but we need to ensure we have an adequate number of them to safeguard our skills base, to maintain our competitiveness and to underpin the steady sustainable growth we want to see in the coming years. On a practical level this means ensuring that our construction companies have adequate numbers of qualified staff to build the homes, offices, health and educational facilities we need.

“The findings clearly demonstrate that there are well paid jobs for graduates in the property and construction sector, which people may not have realised, and that a career in the sector can offer high levels of mobility, job satisfaction and international opportunities” Murphy concluded.

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