More than 250 jobs were created in the geoscience sector in 2018, a new survey has shown.
The survey of Geoscience Ireland's member companies shows that a total of 253 net new jobs were created by 36 GI members last year.
Since its inception in 2012, GI companies have created a total of 1,356 net new jobs in highly skilled professional and technical disciplines of geology, civil, environmental and geotechnical engineering and in geophysical and geodetic surveying. GI companies also manufacture construction and drilling products.
The Small and Medium Enterprises' sector of GI companies accounted for almost 200 of the new 253 jobs. Twenty one GI companies are based outside Dublin.
Seán Canney TD, Minister for Natural Resources commenting on the recent job creation data said;
"Geoscience Ireland companies continue to contribute strongly to the sustained recovery in employment enjoyed by the Irish economy. The SME sector accounts for most of the jobs created in 2018 ( 198 out of 253) and the job growth is also regionally balanced. GI is an excellent example of collaboration between technically advanced companies in winning business in international markets."
Note for Editors
Geoscience Ireland (GI) is a network of 37[i] companies, delivering integrated expertise in water, minerals, environmental and infrastructure development to clients in over 50 countries.
GI is supported by Geological Survey Ireland and Enterprise Ireland. The GI network provides design, consultancy and contracting services to multilateral agencies, governments and the private sector.
Formed in 2012, GI now comprises 37 companies employing over 3,600 skilled personnel. In 2017 the combined turnover of its member companies (then 33 in number) was €926 million.
[i] The survey results are for 36 companies for all of 2018. A new company joined in January 2019, hence the network now has 37 companies.