Builders would 'work for free' to secure job
More than half of all construction workers would be willing to work for free to secure a new job, a survey of the sector has revealed.
The survey by Hays, the recruitment consultants, found that 56.2pc of respondents would work for nothing just to land a new role. The survey was based on answers from 350 construction professionals, meaning everything from engineers to architects to site managers.
Almost 30pc of those surveyed were looking for a job within construction, most of whom have professional qualifications. It took most of those surveyed on average four years to attain their qualification.
Average salary levels in the industry used to be about €45,001 to €60,000, but have slid back to between €30,001 and €45,000.
Those who have left the industry are working in a variety of roles, with 4.3pc in some kind of service role, such as a driver, and 5.1pc working in some form of admin role.
In total, about 20pc of those surveyed were planning to take up a masters course shortly to build up their qualifications.
The survey brings further negative news for FAS, the state training agency, with 31.3pc describing their courses as poor, and 26.8pc saying they were of no benefit. Courses in other institutions, particularly at masters level, were described as excellent.
"The survey was designed to assess the attitudes of qualified construction professionals to retraining and their thoughts on facilities available to them," said Paul O'Donnell of Hays.
He said that clearly people in the sector believed their training needs were not being fully met.The challenge for many of those in the sector was to keep their skills up-to-date, he added.