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Occupational group:
Architects & town planners

Examples of other job titles: Architectural consultants; chartered architects.

Employment Trend (?)

Employment trend

Summary for this occupation from job seekers' perspective

  • Unemployment rate data is not available(?)
  • No skill shortages have been identified(?)
  • Employment growth prospects are below average(?)


There is currently no shortage of architects. A recent DKM/CIF report forecasts that the construction industry will experience strong growth in activity over the medium term, with the overall volume of construction output predicted to grow at an average annual rate of 9% over the period 2016 to 2020, and employing an estimated 213,000 workers, almost an additional 80,000 persons on 2016 levels. The significant number of additional workers (including construction professionals and associate professionals) will be required to deliver the ambitious targets set out in the Government’s €42 billion Capital Programme (investment in social infrastructure (schools, hospitals) and productive infrastructure (the national and non-national road network, water treatment services)); the Rebuilding Ireland Strategy, and the increasing demand from foreign direct investment companies for buildings (particularly office space). Recent job announcements in the media supporting or expected to increase the volume of construction related investment, and hence the demand for skilled construction workers (although temporary jobs), include Apple, Cook Medical and Microsoft (data centres), Shire and Alexion Pharmaceuticals (biologics manufacturing plant), West Pharmaceuticals (manufacturing medical devices plant), Intel (manufacturing semiconductor technology facility). Although strong employment growth is forecast for this sector, this relates primarily to skilled tradespersons, operatives and labourers. The five-year growth to 2020 for managers, professionals and associate professionals is expected to be in the region of 1,600 persons. (Note, Unless otherwise stated, these comments are based on the findings published in the National Skills Bulletin 2017).

Employment by
Gender (?)



  • Male
  • Female

Employment by
Education (?)



  • Other
  • 3rd Level Grad

Employment by Age (?)
(Future Retirements Indicator)



  • Below 55
  • 55+

Employment Status (?)
(Self Employment Indicator)



  • Employee
  • Self Employed

Employment Type (?)
(Part-Time Indicator)



  • Full Time
  • Part Time

The analysis was conducted by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) in SOLAS based on the data held in the National Skills Database. Last updated December 2017.