WOMEN AND RETIREES BEING TARGETED FOR PLANT MACHINERY JOBS

Women and recent retirees are now being targeted for heavy plant machinery construction jobs as the building boom continues unabated.

With all building activity in Ireland up 10.1% year on year, industry experts have said that there is a crisis in recruitment for machine operators, with an estimated 1,500 vacancies in the sector. More Irish firms are looking to the example set by the likes of Western Australia and filling traditionally ‘male roles’ with female candidates. Several employers have had positive experiences with the new approach, such as Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae who employs 74-year-old Pat Kelleher in his construction business. In an interview with The Independent, he said: “We have had several people in our company who were retired and came back into the workforce. They are bringing a lot of wisdom and experience to the industry.”

Denise Maguire
Editor 
Irish Construction Industry Magazine