Report indicates shortage of surveyors to emerge in 2013

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Susan Joyce, Patricia Power Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Rowena Quinn Residential Agency Surveyor, Anna Fayne & Stephen Doyle of DIT launch the SCSI Graduate Employment Trends in Property and Construction Report

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9 October 2012:  A new employment survey published by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI)  has highlighted the shortage of suitably qualified property graduates to fill available roles in the property sector.  The survey also found that a shortage of graduates with surveying qualifications in construction will materialize by the middle of next year.

The SCSI said that while employment in the property and construction sectors fell by 56% between 2007 and 2011 - with the construction sector hit hardest - employment in both sectors is returning to growth and is likely to increase in the coming years.

The report on Graduate Employment also shows there has been a marked fall in applications for degree programmes in both Construction and Property Surveying since 2007.  This, combined with the recent pick-up in activity levels in both sectors, has resulted in a shortage of qualified personnel.

Tom Dunne, Head of the School of Real Estate and Construction Economics in DIT, said the report bears out the experience of DIT graduates seeking employment as well as feedback from industry.  “The recent  experience of our graduates reflects the  findings of this report. During the past year many surveying and property graduates found employment in their chosen industries even before they had left college.  In general they  have found it no more difficult to get employment in Ireland  than graduates of other disciplines.”

Commenting on the choices future students might make on their CAO application, he said: ”Graduates with a surveying qualification in fact have gained a terrific range of transferrable skills that make them desirable as employees in  many other fields.  It is also the case that if in the future they choose to go abroad to further their careers, surveyors  continue to find wonderful opportunities in the construction and property industries in other countries too.”

Launching the report, Roland O’Connell, President of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland said employment in the property and construction sectors has been severely impacted by the recession and as a result there was a sharp decline in CAO applications for property and construction degree courses in recent years.

“This has led to a situation whereby there is already a shortage of graduates coming into the property sector to meet demand by employers as the residential and commercial property markets stabilise and activity increases. While the findings are good news for students who are just starting property and construction courses, it is a real concern right now for employers who need to recruit graduates in the short term as industry activity increases in the coming years” he said.

A similar situation is likely to arise in the construction sector next year, and “While we do not expect, or wish for the property and construction sectors to return to 2007 levels, it is imperative that there are sufficient numbers of graduates coming into the industry to fill the available roles as the sectors return to ‘normal’ levels of activity for an economy of our size”, O’Connell concluded.

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