Saturday 22 July 2017

Majority of project managers in Ireland fear skills shortage ahead of Brexit

There is a shortage of skilled project managers, according to industry leaders
There is a shortage of skilled project managers, according to industry leaders

Ellie Donnelly

Project management leaders fear a Brexit skills shortage, according to a survey by the Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI).

The findings on the potential implications of Brexit for Ireland revealed 60pc of those surveyed said there are not enough experienced Irish project and programme managers to fulfil the country’s project management needs.

Concern surrounding this labour gap is mounting, with almost 70pc of respondents expecting Brexit to increase the complexity of their projects. Two in three anticipate a rise of the level of resources needed to complete projects in the next 12 months.

Over 50,000 are employed in project management across Ireland, in sectors such as IT, public sector, financial services, construction, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing.

The Ireland Chapter of PMI President Niall Murphy expressed concern about the skills deficiency.

“Project management will be instrumental in navigating this uncharted territory that is Brexit, from managing a company’s future trading relationships with the British market, to working with major financial institutions who are expected to relocate here," Mr Murphy said.

"Without a sufficient supply of skilled project managers nationwide, there is a concern projects will not be effectively delivered. This shortage needs to be tackled, as it will ultimately effect the Irish economy as a whole," he added.

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