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Now Polish firms are looking for building workers here

THOUSANDS of construction jobs in Europe will be on offer at a two-day fair in Dublin on Friday and Saturday.

The wide range of jobs -- including everything from semi-skilled to bricklayers, plasterers and professionals -- will be open to Irish and non-national workers alike.

Representatives from Poland, the UK, Slovakia and several northern European countries, will be on hand to give details.

The fair will be held in the FAS office in D'Olier Street from 5pm to 9pm on Friday, and from 10am to 5pm the following day.

It will be attended by employers and by advisers from EURES, the European Commission service which facilitates mobility of workers throughout the EU.

Kevin Quinn, Manager International Employment Services with FAS, said it will be of particular interest to those facing redundancy in the construction sector.

He said the Polish representatives would be targeting Poles in particular, but were willing to take anybody else to work in the construction sector in Poland, where salaries have increased substantially over the past year.

As disclosed in the Irish Independent last week, up to a quarter of construction workers stand to lose their jobs by the end of next year, mainly due to the decline in the housing market.

Some additional jobs are being created in residential repair and maintenance, in general contracting, and 6,700 in civil engineering.

A report from the FAS board says the authority should now explore creating apprenticeships in areas such as glazing and insulation.

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