The recruitment industry in Ireland is facing a huge increase in the demand for professionals, the highest in the past 15 years. The data suggest an increase in demand across all sectors. Irish employers intend to embark on their biggest hiring spree in more than 15 years in the second quarter of 2022, new data suggests. The latest employment outlook survey from ManpowerGroup is based on responses from more than 400 employers across Ireland. It asks whether employers intend to hire additional workers or reduce the size of their workforce in the coming quarter. It found employers plan to expand headcount significantly, driving the national hiring outlook up 32 percent in the second quarter, which would be an increase of 29 percentage points year on year.

Employers in Dublin report a hiring outlook of +29 per cent, up 22 percentage points year on year

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In this week’s roundup, we get you some of the biggest plans in the country getting approved and already on its way to implementation, further increasing the demands for construction workers in the country.

First up, we have the work on Charlemont Road, construction work costing €12.5m has already gone ahead. The business case for the line, from Swords to Dublin Airport and the city, is expected to be submitted to the Cabinet shortly and followed by an application for a railway order to An Bord Pleanála. However, work on the metro’s terminus at Charlemont has already started, which local residents say is pre-empting the statutory planning process and “locking in” the route for the line. The metro route published in 2016 was to run from Swords to Sandyfordwith a stop at Charlemont, currently served by the Luas Green line.

 Construction work on the metro’s terminus at Charlemont alongside the building of an office block has already started. Photograph: Alan Betson

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Second, we have Arcol, an Irish-founded start-up developing a building design and documentation tool that runs in browsers, has raised $3.6 million (€3.25 million) from investors who include the former chief executive of Autodesk. Arcol’s flagship tool is in development with release scheduled for later this year. The company is drawing significant interest with Amar Hanspal, former chief executive of Nasdaq-listed 3D design software developer Autodesk among its backers. 

Arcol founder and chief executive Paul O’Carroll

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Third, Frascati Centre apartments and Kilkenny development get permission. Last August, IMRF II Frascati Ltd Partnership lodged plans for the 41 apartments as part of Phase Two of the overall development plan for the Frascati Centre on Frascati Road in south Dublin. The same company has lodged separate plans for another 98 apartments at the Frascati site, which is also being opposed by locals. A decision is due on that proposal later in the year.

The Frascati Park Residents’ Association said the bulk, scale and proximity of the Frascati plan residences will damage residential amenity and house valuations. Photograph: iStock

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That is all for this week. We wish a wonderful weekend to our readers and if you are looking to make the next move in the construction industry, don’t forget to get in touch with us today. You can email us your CV at or give us a ring at 017071012 to discuss further.