Despite the housing crisis, with reduced supply having upward pressures on prices, the construction industry is having difficulty finding tradespeople. Currently there are about 160,000 employed in the sector, compared to over 200,000 in the mid-2000s. A worrying statistic is that the number of apprentices has dropped from 23,700 in 2007 to 4,400 in 2015. The government has been called upon to encourage workers to upskill or re-enter the construction industry. Overseas workers would be attracted by reviewing current immigration policies and by targeting the Irish diaspora.
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