Ward Personnel is expanding its service offerings with the launch of a dedicated Management and Technical Division, to help with tackling the ongoing shortages of construction professionals in Ireland, as the wider construction sector is estimated to need up to 50,000 additional workers in the next five years.
With offices across Ireland and in Poland, the expansion of Ward Personnel’s white collar service offerings will complement the existing core Labour and Trade and International Sourcing Divisions, enabling Ward Personnel to further strengthen its commitment to providing tailored recruitment solutions for its clients. This new dedicated division will recruit construction professionals for a broad range of positions across the construction industry, including roles in project and site management, quantity surveying, engineering, design and planning, health and safety, and administration.
Having opened a Polish office in Lublin in 2021 and successfully recruited over 800 specialist tradespeople in the EU to relocate to Ireland, Ward Personnel is now expanding its European sourcing infrastructure to support construction professionals with their move to Ireland, and has also partnered with visa and work permit specialists, Future Direct, to support non-EU candidates with their move to Ireland.
Speaking on the announcement of the new Management and Technical Division, Managing Director of Ward Personnel, David Ward said: “We feel this expansion is a natural progression for us and enables us to be very well placed as a ‘one stop shop’ for our clients, to support them with all of their construction recruitment needs. As recently as last week, the Government published their interim report on the ‘Careers in Construction Action Plan’, which clearly demonstrates the systemic shortages of construction professionals that currently exist in Ireland. These professionals will be required to support the delivery of the huge volume of infrastructure and housing projects being planned over the next 5 years. As an industry, we urgently need to address this shortage and our Management and Technical team will aim to be part of the solution.”
The Management and Technical Division will be headed up by Anthony Hurley, who has extensive construction recruitment experience, and had led the Ward Personnel Munster Labour and Trades division for the last three years.
Manager of the Management and Technical Division, Anthony Hurley, said: “I am very excited to take up this new role and look forward to working with the wider Ward Personnel team to develop and grow our Management and Technical desk. As a team, we will do everything we possibly can to offer the best service to our clients and candidates in what is a very dynamic and fast-moving environment. Our job is to find the talent that our clients need to deliver their projects, and that will be the key focus in everything we do.”
Since its establishment in 2010, Ward Personnel has expanded year on year with offices in Dublin, Cork, Athlone and Poland, providing recruitment solutions to the Construction and Industrial sectors. The company has a team of over 40 recruitment specialists managing a site workforce of more than 600 employees across approximately 200 sites throughout Ireland.