Conall Mac Coille: rising construction costs and a shortage of skills could hammer the state plans

  • Conall Mac Coille: rising construction costs and a shortage of skills could hammer the state plans
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    Last week, the Society of chartered surveyors (SCSI) the report, to build-cost inflation will be a huge 7pcs until 2018. Construction companies report shortages of skills and raw material prices, transport costs growing up. The cost of the Assembly, expected to hit peak levels of the era of the Celtic tiger in early 2019.
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Last week, the Society of chartered surveyors (SCSI) the report, to build-cost inflation will be a huge 7pcs until 2018. Construction companies report shortages of skills and raw material prices, transport costs growing up. The cost of the Assembly, expected to hit peak levels of the era of the Celtic tiger in early 2019.

This unpleasant observation. Looking ahead, the construction sector was collected 30-40,000 houses per year, with the implementation of the National development plan for investment in infrastructure and social housing.

The government plans to double capital expenditure of €9.5 billion by 2021. Based on the fact that the recovery of the economy stays on track, the demand for commercial development will increase, with both local companies and multinational sector.

It’s a lot of competition for limited resources in the construction sector, which will lead to additional costs. Therefore, the problem of lack of skills and increasing the capacity in the construction sector should be a key priority for the government.

The scale of the problem was laid bare in a recent IBEC on the improvement of housing. IBEC has estimated that employment in construction is expected to grow to 80,000 by 2020 to meet the demand.

Unfortunately, there is a big puddle of the former builders are ready to start work. One in two jobs lost in the recession associated with the construction, but these workers are now mostly emigrated.

Ireland now needs to attract skills from abroad. During the Celtic Tiger years, the number of immigrants from Eastern Europe helped to satiate the demand.

However, Poland and the Czech Republic are now among the fastest growing economies in Europe. So it will be more difficult to attract migrants this time.

The British exit from the EU can help, with activity in the U.K. construction sector slowed down now, but Ireland will likely have to draw workers from EU countries.

A recent report from IBEC points for opinion about our work-permit regime should not only focus on attracting skilled workers from abroad, but aims to reduce overall labor shortage in the construction sector.

The involvement of emigrants

Challenges facing the construction sector to allocate that labor shortages will soon become apparent in a wider range of sectors, and the unemployment rate falls below 5pc. Fortunately, Ireland is experiencing strong natural population growth. CSO data show that 61 000 people will celebrate its 18th anniversary in 2018, much higher than 44,146 who will be celebrating their 65th, helping the workforce will grow by 32 000 in the last 12 months to 2.4 million.

In 2017, 84,600 Immigration exceeded emigration 64,800 – adding 20,000 to the Irish population. In addition, 78pc of the influx of migrants last year were between 15 to 44 years, working as a key age groups. Far from the crude cliche of migrants, generally unskilled workers, more than half of the immigrants in 2017, the third level of qualification. It should be remembered that in Ireland occurred five years the volume of external migration in 2010-2014, an average of 20,000 per year, or 100,000 in total. This is a huge number of people – almost equivalent to the current level of unemployment is 120000.

The key point is that net migration acts as a safety valve. Those who became unemployed during the crisis, often looking for employment opportunities abroad. If they’d stayed at home, the unemployment rate would be much higher than 5pc, putting pressure on the social security system.

The challenge now is how to attract emigrants back home, as labor shortages begin to appear.

However, this cannot be taken for granted that Ireland will attract migrants in sufficient number.

The availability of housing, childcare and high marginal tax rates act as incentive to return home. Ireland is known as proud of yourself as the leading country for doing business. You should also consider its attractiveness as a place to work, even if it requires unpopular decisions on taxation of higher incomes.

Leaving the UK takes its sterling

A large movement of the currency last week was the sterling pushing the flow 90p against the Euro for the first time in 2018. The catalyst was a comment from the British trade Minister, Liam Fox, what-no-Internet-WTO-type quarter and a month now, it seems, followed the reports that Theresa may is planning a Cabinet meeting to prepare plans for such a scenario.

How serious these threats need to be taken? Now, hard-line Brexiteers within the conservative party seem to have won the argument that the UK needs to be preparing for no-thing, if not with genuine hope of success, at least in order to improve the British government in the negotiations.

However, the effectiveness of this strategy has been undermined by Fox and other Brexiteers openly placing it in the national media. The motivation may be to obtain leverage in the negotiations, but the UK government is not prepared to pay the price for such a disastrous outcome. So Michel Barnier will not be deceived.

First, access to WTO-type will almost certainly lead to a General election, Theresa may, opening the door to Downing Street, 10 for Jeremy Corbin.

Secondly, the UK economy will suffer the most have to leave the EU in accordance with the rules of Type of the WTO – not only referring to tariffs on exports to the EU, but also undermines the normative legal framework on trade in goods and services. Threatening to push the economy into a deep recession, this is not a reliable trump card.

It is noteworthy that the decline of the pound has occurred despite the decision of the Bank of England (boe) to raise interest rates to 0.75 PC.

Unusually, the decision to tighten monetary policy to attract IRL “financial times”, arguing in its editorial, the Bank of England raised in expectation and not in reality faster rises in wages and prices, and that there was good reason to wait, given, quarter and month of uncertainty.

Some investors are already betting on a reduction in the rate from March 2019, on the grounds that the economic performance of the UK will slow sharply.

If so, the decision of outgoing Governor mark Carney will raise interest rates should certainly be considered as a mistake, an inglorious end to his time in England.

Which means the weakness of sterling to Ireland? In flow 90p against the Euro, the exchange rate will squeeze profits of indigenous Irish exporters, particularly offensive to small businesses agri-food sector where margins are wafer-thin. However, the overall impact on GDP growth Ireland will be turned off by the multinational sector for which the UK is a less important export destination.

There is a broader issue-whether calm heads will ultimately prevail, so that the Kingdom actually remains within the single market after March 2019. The cost otherwise is too great, even for a quarter and a month, supporters, what they have to say.

One way or another, and fiction on Irish support, a continuation of the article 50 process exit, or surrender of the British government, most likely, is maintaining the status quo, regardless of saber rattling this week in London.

Is Conall MacCoille, chief economist at Davy

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