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Category: Analysis

Covid-19: Ex-Gratia Payments & Public Works Contracts: “It’s the Difference between Charity and Entitlement”

Having considered the OGP’s latest publications on the ‘Covid Co-operation Framework’, which proposes ex-gratia payments for the costs of implementing measures on construction sites required under the ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’, the sentiment of that line remains!

“Private Contractors, on Public Works Contracts, Do Not Get Gifts or Favours from Government”

Private Contractors on public works contracts do not get gifts or favours from the Government. For this reason, the publishing by the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) of a draft letter of agreement dealing with ‘ex gratia payments from Employers’ to Contractors, can only be cautiously welcomed.

Who Will Earn What In 2020?

Azon Salary Survey

STEPHEN HOBAN, Associate Director, Azon Recruitment, writes about a number of factors that will influence construction salary rates in 2020 and identifies some construction roles that are evolving. The success and growth of the construction industry in 2019 empowered construction professionals, particularly those savvy enough to pick and choose from a plethora of employment opportunities. […]

Acceleration of National Development Plan Critical to Solving Housing Crisis

Conor Gunn, EY Ireland, explains why the timely delivery of core civil infrastructure is essential to the successful delivery of critical components of the National Development Plan. One of the most socially harmful and visible manifestations of Ireland’s infrastructure deficit is the housing crisis. Specifically, the challenge of producing sufficient housing supply that is commercially […]

Eliminating Risks from Respirable Crystalline Silica Dust

BRIAN HOLMES, BAM Ireland, outlines how the company addressed the risks presented by respirable crystalline silica dust. The BAM Ireland Beyond Zero behavioural safety programme, in operation since 2014, ensures that workers’ health and well-being is to the fore when designing, constructing and facility managing projects undertaken by the company. “The well-being of all who […]

Ulster Bank Construction PMI Report August

Simon Barry, Chief Economist, Ulster Bank, Republic of Ireland According to the Ulster Bank PMI August 2017, Growth in the Irish construction sector eased again, with slower rises in both activity and new orders recorded. That said, rates of expansion remained marked, and firms upped their rate of job creation. Highlights – August Ulster Bank […]

Growth of Irish construction activity remains elevated at end of Q2 – Ulster Bank PMI

Ulster Bank PMI June

Simon Barry, Chief Economist, Ulster Bank, Republic of Ireland According to the Ulster Bank PMI June 2017, Irish construction firms posted a further strong rise in business activity during June, despite an easing in the pace of growth, which mirrored a slowdown in the rate of expansion in new orders. orders. Highlights – June Ulster […]