Higher Dublin wages lur­ing North­ern con­struc­tion work­ers

The Irish Times - Business - - BUSINESS NEWS - FRANCESS McDON­NELL

Higher wages in Dublin are per­suad­ing skilled con­struc­tion work­ers to re­lo­cate from the North to the Repub­lic, cre­at­ing fresh labour short­ages for North’s con­struc­tion sec­tor, a new in­dus­try re­port shows.

Strong de­mand and in­creas­ing wages for con­struc­tion in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als in the Repub­lic are mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for North­ern Ire­land firms to com­pete, a new trade sur­vey by the North’s Con­struc­tion Em­ploy­ers Fed­er­a­tion (CEF) has found.

The CEF sur­vey shows North­ern con­struc­tion work­ers can also take home big­ger weekly wages in Eng­land and Scot­land. Con­struc­tion firms are found to have been mainly stag­nant over the last year, with ex­pec­ta­tions for the fu­ture flat at best, and pes­simistic at worst.

Chief among the frus­tra­tions voiced by North­ern con­struc­tion firms is the lack of a func­tion­ing North­ern Ire­land Ex­ec­u­tive which could make de­ci­sions on cap­i­tal projects worth mil­lions of pounds.

Cri­sis point com­ing

Mr Arm­strong said: “With only 59 schemes in pro­cure­ment at the mid-point in the fi­nan­cial year, there is a cri­sis point com­ing within the in­dus­try.

“When we also con­sider that the pub­lic sec­tor cap­i­tal bud­get is at its high­est point since 2007 and sev­eral high-pro­file Ex­ec­u­tive flag­ship schemes are not run­ning to their ini­tial fi­nan­cial plan, there should be an abun­dance of op­por­tu­ni­ties for con­trac­tors to ten­der for pub­lic works.

He said lat­est re­search con­ducted by the CEF shows there has been an in­crease over the last six months in the num­ber of North­ern Ire­land con­struc­tion firms do­ing busi­ness in the South.

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