Taoiseach: get building back to ‘sensible, sustainable levels’

by Bregs Blog admin team


Taoiseach: Construction plan to get building back to ‘sensible, sustainable levels’– Independent.ie

In the Independent article from 19th June 2014 Taoiseach Enda Kenny stated the Government’s new construction sector plan aimed at getting building back to “sensible, sustainable levels” and get jobs for unemployed workers. We had previously discussed some of the fugures in the government 2020 plan for jobs in a previous post here.

For Independent article by Fionnan Sheahan on 19th June 2014 Kenny: Construction plan to get building back to ‘sensible, sustainable levels’ – click here

Industry sources suggest BC(A)R SI.9 could in fact do the reverse, cost the economy 30,000 construction jobs by 2020 (see post here). One of the worrying trends since implementation has been the fall-off in commencement notices compared to 2013 levels, a low point in construction activity. Recent figures published by the Local Government Management Agency suggest that the slow adoption of the new regulations has continued into June, with only 780 commencement notices lodged nationwide since March 1st implementation of the new regulations. This is an average of 52 per week compared to 143 per week in 2013.

Out of this figure only 468 qualified to come under si.9– i.e. were not minor extensions (over 40SqM residential or 25 SqM non-residential).

Some observers suggest levels may balance out. There was a significant “spike” in commencement notices in January and February and we may only be able to ascertain a more accurate pattern in August. Apparently 70% of the annual total of commencement notices was lodged in these two months, but we do not have accurate figures that also take into account subsequent invalidations that appear to be only now filtering through the system in some cases.

According to the following Dáil exchange between Peadar Tóibín (Meath West, Sinn Fein) and Paul Kehoe (Minister of State and Government Chief Whip, Department of An Taoiseach; Minister of State, Department of Defence; Wexford, Fine Gael) in the Dail on 17th June 2014 there are 87,850 currently unemployed  in the Construction, woodwork and metal and related industries

Link to Dáil exchange here

Breakdown as follows:

Construction, woodwork and metal and related industries 87,850

Civil engineer, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, software engineer 3,890

Architect, surveyor, town planner 700

Draughtsman, draughtsperson, insurance surveyor, loss assessor, quantity surveyor 320

Blocklayer, bricklayer, builder, building contractor, dry liner, ganger, glazier, mason, painter (construction), plaster, stonemason, tiler 43,630

Fitter, goldsmith, machine tool setter, metal machinist, silversmith 2,580

Electrical trade, electrician, linesman/woman, radio service engineer, tv/video service engineer 3,590

Heating engineer, metal fabricator, metal former, plumber, sheet metal worker, steel fabricator, welder 2,400

Cabinet maker, carpenter, case and box maker, joiner, woodworker 5,830

Craft and related other occupation, foreman, glass cutter, horticultural worker, potter 4,910

Electroplater, furnace operator, heat treatment worker, metal treatment worker 110

Machine tool operator, metal polisher, metal process worker, sand blaster 280

Bus conductor, bus driver, bus inspector, delivery van driver, lorry driver, road transport worker, taxi driver, truck driver, van driver 5,980

Coalminer, mining/manufacturing other, plumber’s mate 170

Builder’s mate, carpenter’s mate, construction other occupation, labourer (on building site), maintenance worker, roadconstruction worker 13,470

This information and further detailed breakdowns are available online and are updated annually.

Other posts of interest:

Press: Construction and property bouncing back as jobs surge – click link here

Press: Fears construction recovery will stall – click link here

CIF Construction Confidence Survey – click link here

Minister Hogan rejects Irish Times Article – click link here

Irish Times: Dramatic fall in number of buildings being started – click link here

Commencement notices fall: BC(A)R SI.9  – click link here

BC(A)R SI.9- BCMS: “must do better” – click link here

The extraordinary cost of BC(A)R SI.9 of 2014 – click link here

The cost of a Solution to BC(A)R SI.9?  – click link here