According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in Q1 2017, the Construction Sector was employing 142,500 people, (7% of the total employed in Ireland), in Irish construction jobs, which is an increase of 46,200 on the 96,300 recorded employed in the sector in Q1 2013.
The latest CSO employment figures for Ireland (Q1 2017), show the total number of persons in employment was 2,045,100. This represented an increase of 68,600 (+3.5%) since Q1 2016.
Overall, the number of persons in employment has increased by 203,300 (+11.0%) between Q1 2011 and Q1 2017. Full-time employment (+202,700) accounted for virtually all of this increase, while there was a very slight increase in part-time employment.
The total number of persons classified as self-employed increased by 18,000 (+6.1%) to 312,300 between Q1 2011 and Q1 2017. The number of employees increased by 12.1% from 1,535,900 to 1,721,200 over the same period.
Persons aged 15 years and over employed in the Irish construction sector
Full-time employment increased by 84,200 (+5.5%) to 1,604,500 during the same period and accounted for 78.5% of total employment in Q1 2017.
On the other hand, part-time employment fell by 15,600 (-3.4%) to 440,600 and accounted for 21.5% of total employment.
The number of persons in part-time employment decreased in nine of the 14 economic sectors in the year to Q1 2017, with full-time employment having increased in 12 economic sectors. The largest annual decrease in part-time employment was in the Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles Sector (-11,400 or -12.4%). This sector along with the Construction Sector recorded the largest annual increases in the numbers of full-time employed at 15,400 and 15,300, respectively.
By contrast, the number of self-employed persons fell in a number of economic sectors with the greater decrease occurring in the Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles Sector (-7,500).
Accommodation and Food Service Activities (+40,200), Construction (+27,400) and Human Health and Social Work Activities (+25,700) sectors accounted for the largest volume changes in permanent employment and these accounted for 44.8% of the overall increase over the period
The Skilled trades and Professional occupational groups, rising by 45,700 and 30,400 respectively, showed the largest increase in the number of employees over the period. The greater increases in self-employed were recorded in the Skilled Trades and Managers, Directors and senior officials groups, with increases of 14,100 and 10,500, respectively.