Half of construction companies in Ireland remain positive about the health of the industry despite 76% reporting a year-on-year increase in labour costs and 64% citing a year-on-year increase in raw materials.
The Construction Industry Federation’s Q3 construction outlook survey also found that turnover and employment figures in the sector continue to increase.
Hubert Fitzpatrick, Director General of the Construction Industry Federation said: “Regrettably, increasing costs in the form of labour and raw materials continue to put upward pressure on pricing across all sub sectors. It’s likely that unsustainable cost increases in labour and materials could affect the viability of some projects.”
The survey of 220 construction companies found that:
Respondents observed an increase in housebuilding, civil and general construction, and a decrease in commercial development. Some respondents identified a healthier pipeline of work expected to emerge by Quarter 2 2024, but warn of a potential slowdown in the civil engineering sector, if some key projects get delayed in the planning process.
Respondents signal that these and other planning delays, funding issues, stalled public projects and access to skilled operatives will continue to challenge the sector throughout 2024.
Hubert Fitzpatrick said: “With the uncertainty surrounding current global events and economic headwinds that may slow the growth of the economy in the short term, the recent investment funds announced in the budget are welcome to help create more business certainty across the built environment.
“The Construction Industry Federation welcomes this and will continue to work with Government on its commitment to addressing constraints to NDP delivery in areas such as planning, public sector capacity, digital adoption, housing delivery, and skills. This ensures that the construction sector has grounds for increased positivity in 2024.”