Ireland’s construction sector grew by 15 per cent last year and is expected to expand by a further 20 per cent in 2017, according to a new forecast.

The estimated value of construction production was €14.6 billion in 2016 with output mainly driven by commercial building, according to Aecom’s annual review.

Employment in the sector rose by 9,000 in the third quarter versus the same three-month period a year earlier, the review shows.

As things currently stand, construction is very much in the ascendancy, with regional cities such as Dublin, Cork and Galway delivering growth and investment at levels not witnessed for many years.

Continued strong demand will see the commercial office sector throughout Ireland, in particular Dublin continue to boom this year.

Due to the major resurgence in Irish construction over the past 24 months, skilled professionals, including engineers, surveyors, architects, and site and project managers, are in huge demand.

As growth figures continue to increase, career opportunities within the construction sector look set to get bigger and better over the coming years.