Peter O'Brien is managing director of O'Brien Contractors.
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With order books filling up and the financial situation for many businesses looking rosy, it’s clear to see why 2015 is predicted to be the year when the recovery of the construction industry gets well under way.
It is an unavoidable fact that we are currently facing something of a skills shortfall in the construction industry, driven by a combination of the estimated 400,000 jobs lost during the recession coupled with a further 400,000 due to be lost to retirement in the next five years.
O’Brien Contractors was a focused on specialist groundworks and drainage for 50 years. When the recession hit it diversified to survive, and has now grown bigger again thanks to increased work as a principal contractor.