According to the latest figures, the number of architects working in Ireland has been hit by the downturn in the economy.
This year, the report said, there were a total of 14,879 architects working across the country.
That’s down from the previous year of 15,766, which saw the number rise by 7.2%.
But there’s a caveat to the figures: there are no figures for the number working in the public sector.
“While the numbers are lower than last year, there’s no reason to think the number will be significantly higher in 2021,” the report says.
A further breakdown by occupation reveals that the construction industry has been the hardest hit, with 6,914 architects working.
This includes 2,924 in construction and 2,823 in other manufacturing.
The number of people working in public service has also been reduced, but it’s a far cry from last year when there were 9,839.
However, the data does show a noticeable increase in the number, as there are 5,068 architects working for the state government.
In other words, public servants are now earning much more than architects, as they are the main earners in the profession.
“It’s a very, very good year for architects, in terms of their wages, as well as in terms that they are now being rewarded for their work,” said Claire O’Rourke, chief executive of the Construction Industry and Labour Confederation (CIEL).
“There’s a lot of money in the construction sector now, so they’re going to be rewarded.”
It’s not just about the architects, but all the people who are employed in this industry,” she said.
This means there’s more money in that sector,” she added. “
If you look at the total cost of living, it’s up 12% over the last year.
This means there’s more money in that sector,” she added.
However the number in public sector has dropped by 7% over last year to 1,936, while private sector workers have seen their incomes grow by 11%.
The CIEL has called for the Government to provide greater funding for the construction and manufacturing sectors.
“We need to be providing a boost to the construction workforce,” said Ms O’Reilly.
The report also said there are more people in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands than ever before, and that the proportion of the population living in Ireland was higher than it was at the end of 2016. “
That is a very low standard, and we have to change that,” she told RTÉ News.
The report also said there are more people in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands than ever before, and that the proportion of the population living in Ireland was higher than it was at the end of 2016.
“There is now a significant amount of Irish people in different parts of Europe,” she continued.
“This is also reflected in the increase in those numbers working in Germany and other countries, but in terms, as a proportion of all the workers, it is still lower than in Ireland.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said: “The number of registered architects in the Republic of Ireland is up by 15% since 2015, and up by 10.6% since 2014.”
The number is up 9.2% over 2016, but up by only 2.1% compared to last year – which is a decline of 1.2 million.
“Our new, National Plan for Architectural Jobs aims to ensure that architects can achieve the best possible outcomes for our economy, create jobs and support local businesses,” said the spokesperson.
“However, there is still a long way to go before we are able to attract more architects to the Republic, and to support the continued growth of the construction, manufacturing and services sectors.”
We recognise the importance of our industry and the role it plays in our economy and the people working here in our communities.
“Therefore, we are continuing to support this sector in every way possible, including through the Government’s ‘architect-led’ initiative.”
The Department of Social Protection will continue to invest in the recruitment of qualified candidates from the public and private sector, and will provide further financial support to the sector through the development of the new National Architectural Plan,” the spokesperson added.
There are also concerns about the cost of housing, as rents have risen by 12% and are now almost 30% higher than in 2016.
“And that means more affordable public housing, more social housing and that is where we need a more robust housing policy, not just on the national level but across the State,” he added. “
What we need to do is look at housing policy and think about ways of ensuring that we are providing more affordable housing,” said Mr Fitzgerald.
“And that means more affordable public housing, more social housing and that is where we need a more robust housing policy, not just on the national level but across the State,” he added.
A spokesperson from the Minister for Housing and Local Government said: The Government’s priority is