Dublin Housing Crisis Restricts Employers’ Ability to Recruit
New research commissioned by specialist regeneration and property developer U+I shows that Dublin’s housing crisis is seriously hampering business’ efforts to recruit and retain talent in the city. The Housing availability, recruitment and retention in Dublin research, conducted by market research company Behaviour & Attitudes*, surveyed over 100 senior hiring managers representing large national and international employers in Dublin. Despite a majority saying that well paid, high-quality jobs are the main attraction to working and living in Dublin,78% of respondents said that the high cost of accommodation is the single greatest obstacle in attracting talent to the city.
Three quarters of those surveyed also responded by saying that the limited availability of accommodation is hindering their efforts to recruit, as many young professionals and single middle-income earners are priced out of the Dublin market. This new research quantifies for the first time the challenges posed by the housing crisis to Dublin’s position as an attractive location for international talent.
These findings are even more stark when considered alongside the research compiled by Amárach Research** which found that the centre of Dublin is at risk of being ‘hollowed out’ accessible only to high earners at the expense of younger people, single person households and middle-income earners.
Following the publication of the research results, U+I chief executive Matthew Weiner said: “We have seen much discussion in the media about the impact a shortage of the right kind of homes in the right locations is having on recruitment. This research provides hard evidence that this is a reality for employers. This is a real concern as attracting and retaining talent is the number one issue. Diversity, next generation talent and creativity are essential ingredients for a thriving modern city and the housing market needs to adapt and respond to ensure that Dublin maintains a competitive labour market and vibrant culture.”
Matthew Weiner continued: “The results of this research and other reports we have recently commissioned show, quite clearly, that consumer and lifestyle habits are changing. Young people in particular are living increasingly compact, experientially driven lives, looking to live and work in city centres. U+I has worked on a number of intelligently designed living solutions for housing and community focused mixed-use projects and its Compact Living model is one such example. These purpose-built, self-contained, rental-only homes have been designed to maximise available space and cater the needs of single person households.
“Compact living is just one example of a broader suite of solutions, alongside thoughtful mixed-use regeneration, which we believe is required to tackle the housing supply challenges Dublin faces. Ideally, we would like to develop these types of innovative housing solutions on sites in association with public sector bodies, who have unused and underdeveloped land in Dublin City Centre. Such partnerships could release significant value for the public purse and provide housing options that are so urgently needed.”
The research reports are available at http://www.uandiplc.com/
*Research commissioned by U+I Group Plc, conducted by Behaviour & Attitudes
** Research commissioned by U+I Group Plc, compiled by Amárach Research