A new analysis of the home building market carried out by EY-DKM Economic Advisory Services on behalf of the Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA) estimates that up to 36,000 new homes per annum will be needed to meet demand over the next two decades.
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!
Peter McCarthy, Principal, McCarthy Dispute resolution, writes that in an industry where profit margins are small if contractors don’t get paid their entitlements, they will quickly go out of business.
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.
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. […]
The CIF Conference 2019 takes place on Wednesday, 2nd October at Croke Park, with the theme ‘Building a profitable and sustainable industry, fit for the future’.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]