CBRE are the 2016 SCSI 5-a-side Soccer Tournament Winners!

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CBRE Winners of the SCSI 5 a side soccer tournament. L-R: John Hanlon, Stephen Ahern, Jack Scales, Alan Cusack, David Gibney, David Scully, Patrick Cirwin, Cloe Mc Dermot, Lance MacAleese

Last Friday evening, a total of twenty teams convened at Pembroke Wanderer’s Hockey Club in Ballsbridge to compete in the annual SCSI Young Surveyors 5-A-Side Soccer Tournament.

CBRE emerged as the triumphant winners of the competition after a gruelling game against rivals and 2015 winners, DTZ Sherry Fitzgerald to take home the much coveted Knight Frank cup.

Among the awards handed out for winning teams were awards for the male and female player of the tournament. Darren Smith of CBRE was awarded male player and Laura Cullen of DTZ female player of the tournament.

Following the winners celebrations, light refreshments and entertainment was provided in the Pembroke Clubhouse. The Young Surveyors Committee would like to thank all those who took part this year, and to Knight Frank for their kind support of the event.

Savills are the SCSI Tag Rugby Tournament winners three years in a row

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Overall SCSI Tag Rugby Tournament Winners – Savills

The annual SCSI 7-a-side Tag Rugby Tournament took place last Friday, 22nd of July at  Bective FC, Donnybrook. Savills, for the third year in a row fought off fierce competition from seven teams from across the property and construction industry to secure their title as overall winners of the annual 2016 SCSI Tag Rugby Tournaments. Team captain, Niamh Carney, accepted the CBRE Winners Cup on behalf of the team.

Runners-up on the day were WK Nowlan who played a strong game against Savills, while Lisney prevailed to take home the CBRE Tournament Plate.

This year’s competition recognised more than just the winning teams, but individuals also with an addition of several awards, such as: Try of the Tournament won by Marcus McAllister of WK Nowlan, Sportsperson of the Tournament presented to David Reddy of Knight Frank and the much coveted prize of Epic Fail of the Tournament taken home by Robert Colleran of CBRE.

After the tournament, a BBQ was held and celebratory or commiseration drinks were enjoyed by all followed by live entertainment in the clubhouse.

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s SCSI Young Surveyors Tag Rugby Tournament and CRBE for kindly sponsoring this years tournament.

Higher Certificate in Property and Facility Management

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, in partnership with DIT Bolton Street are pleased to inform you about our Higher Certificate in Property and Facility Management. This part-time course is designed to equip students with knowledge of all factors affecting the property and facility management profession. Students will develop a keen understanding of the marketplace and a skillset that will enable them to influence and adapt to changes in the property market as they arise.

Aimed at those working in the property and /or facility management profession. Applications will be accepted from those typically involved in Facility Management; Property Management (Residential/Commercial/Retail); service providers to the industry; public sector employees involved in Hospital/OPW/Local Authorities/Social Housing etc.

The Level 6 qualification currently meets the National Property Services Regulatory Authority’s minimum educational requirement enabling practitioners to obtain a licence to provide Property Management Services to multi-unit or mixed-use developments.

 Click here for further information and application details.

SCSI reaction to the Housing Action Plan

Housing Estate

SCSI welcomes the Housing Action Plan, but warns that critical skills shortages across all sectors will urgently need to be addressed to deliver the scale of housing delivery.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016. Claire Solon, President of Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland and Head of Property at Friends First said “We understand the scale of the challenge faced by policymakers to re-activate the housing development sector.  In our recent Real Cost of New House Delivery Report, we identified key cost impediments to development and we are pleased to see that the Action Plan agrees and takes account of this.  This is particularly relevant in relation to the measures that are proposed to increase the supply of land, including publicly owned lands, where quick decisions need to be made”.

“The Minister has identified the importance of collaboration between the various government and state agencies, but we still firmly believe that a National body with real authority and mandate is needed not just for housing, but also for national infrastructural planning.  It’s clear from the Action Plan that in several areas, it’s the need for projects like road completions, or water and drainage schemes that are actually preventing the delivery of housing”.

“The industry has shown itself be to resourceful following many difficult years, but there needs to be significant investment now to address the skills shortage in all sectors – professional, technical and trades. We will be asking the Minister of Finance to specifically resource our sector in the upcoming Budget for training of apprentices, graduates and to help encourage workers from other sectors to transfer to construction and property roles.  The industry plays a vital role in our economy and after many years of under-investment, negative reporting and poor output, it needs radical intervention to upscale and deliver what could be one of the most important development stages in the history of our country”.

If the Housing Action Plan is successfully implemented and building volume scales up rapidly, one of the contrary outcomes will be that there is insufficient housing to accommodate all the workers and professionals needed on sites and in offices around the cities and towns where development is most needed.

“The rental sector is identified as a key growth area, but needs radical legislative overhaul to develop a more mature, stable relationship between landlords & tenants, with security of tenure and responsibilities clearly defined.  Renting was previously a stepping stone between living with your parents and home-ownership, but for some, renting is a strategic choice; giving them flexibility and the freedom to move.  Our members are embedded in the rental & property management services sector and will contribute their expertise to develop new policy which better captures the wants and needs of all parties”.

SCSI publish SCSI Salary and Benefits Report


Average national salary for a Chartered Surveyor is €71K

Average salary for a property surveyor with up to 5 years’ experience post- qualification is €34,700

Two out of three chartered surveyors are confident of a pay increase in next 12 months

Monday 18th July 2016. A new survey shows that the national average salary for a Chartered Surveyor is €71K and that property surveyors working in Estate Agency & Property Management with up to 5 years post-graduation experience are earning an average salary of €34,700, excluding bonuses and benefits.

The survey found that construction surveyors within the same experience category are earning €46,800, where most of the respondents were based in Dublin.

The survey, comprising over 900 responses and the first to cover all disciplines within the surveying profession, was carried out by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) of its membership across the country last month.

According to the survey, two out of three chartered surveyors are confident of receiving a pay increase in the next 12 months while over half, (53%), said they received a pay rise in the past 12 months.

The President of the SCSI, Claire Solon, said the findings highlighted the benefits and rewards that are available in surveying and she urged students and those looking for a new challenge to consider a career as a chartered surveyor.

“The fact so many chartered surveyors have received or are confident they will receive a pay rise highlights the positive mood which is returning to the property and construction sector as activity levels increase. Of course, the lack of suitable graduates entering the property and construction sectors is also a significant reason for the rise in pay levels as firms struggle to recruit more skilled staff and that is something we need to address urgently” she said.

Previously, Ms Solon warned that the shortfall of qualified graduates coming into the profession could severely threaten the country’s ability to address the current housing supply crisis, the delivery and management of the country’s building stock and our infrastructural deficit.

Research carried out by the Society earlier this year revealed that over 2,000 new job opportunities are expected to be created across the surveying profession in the next four years. However, based on current enrolment numbers, there will only be enough property and construction-related surveying graduates to fill just over half of them (52%).

According to the survey, Dublin surveyors are the highest paid in the country, earning close to €78K on average. Surveyors in Munster and the Rest of Leinster earn approximately €62K while those in Ulster/Connacht earn €53K. It also found that 80% of surveyors are not intending to change employer in the next 12 months.

Ms Solon, who is also Head of Property at Friends First, said that after several very challenging years it was very encouraging to see stability returning to the sector.

“It’s clear that in the short to medium term, professionals in the sector will hold significant bargaining power when negotiating salaries. That is the natural consequence of the current supply and demand imbalance and hopefully the salaries and benefits on offer in the varied and interesting surveying sectors will help to attract more people into the profession.”

“It is imperative that we have the qualified personnel to meet the needs of the Irish economy and that’s why we want to encourage more people, particularly women, to choose property and construction courses.  Women currently only account for one quarter of the Society’s membership, but they are growing in numbers and the profession is one which offers great choice and diverse opportunities. In addition the chartered designation is a recognised passport for travel and work abroad” Ms Solon concluded.

To read the summary report, please click here.

Facilities Management Awards 2016 – The winners are out!

1. Overall Excellence in Facilities Management

Winters Property Management Receiving the Overall Excellence in Facilities Management award, presented by immediate past chair of the PMFM committee, Vincent Hickey


The third annual Facilities Management Awards took place on Tuesday, July 5th at the Ballsbridge Hotel Dublin.

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland were delighted to be patrons of the awards for the second consecutive year.

Hosted by Colm O’Regan, and in front of a crowd of hundreds of industry professionals, 18 prestigious trophies were presented to the most outstanding FM projects over the past year and the individuals, teams and organisations behind their success.

There were numerous prizes handed out to members of the SCSI on the evening. Amongst them was Pat Winters, Enda McGuane and Sandra Stapleton of Winters Property Management who took home an incredible four awards, including the most prestigious of awards; Overall Excellence in Facilities Management presented by SCSI immediate past Property and Facilities Management committee chair, Vincent Hickey.

Joining Vincent Hickey to represent the SCSI on the evening was Jacquie Brett, Chair of the SCSI Facilities Management subcommittee and Seán Aylward, Chair of the Property and Facilities Management committee.

The SCSI were also well represented in the judging panel with John Henry, Leo Gray and Pat O’Sullivan all holding professional membership of the Society.

To view the 2016 winners of the FM Awards, please visit their website by clicking here.


CAO Change of mind? 10 reasons to choose chartered surveying

CAO change of mind closes Friday. If a career with plenty of jobs and travel is what you’re after then consider this.

Ireland is seriously lacking in chartered surveyors, a dearth of which could have a huge impact on the construction industry over the next four years. That’s according to recent research carried out by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) and the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (ACEI), who cite the cause as a lack of enrolment on to surveying courses.

However with the property market set to grow, the research highlights the opportunities that exist for students who show a preference for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) courses.

Students, particularly females, with an interest in these courses are therefore being urged to put a construction-related programme on their CAO change of mind forms, due in this Friday. With that in mind, we have put together ten reasons why a career in surveying could be the one for you.
1. Fewer graduates mean more jobs

Recent findings indicate that there will be a substantial deficit of surveyors in the construction and property industry to meet the predicted future demand for the construction sector in Ireland. This is good news for students who take up surveying. They are almost guaranteed a job at the end of their four-year degree.
2. Fewer graduates also mean better starting salaries

Let’s face it, money is an important factor when choosing a career and with rising rents and cost of living, graduates want to know that they will make a nice wage at the end of their four-year degree. If people are prepared to work hard, employees will be rewarded.
3. Opportunities to travel

Travel is always alluring, especially to young people and chartered surveying graduates can have their pick of countries to work in, according to Aine Myler, Director of Operations at SCSI. She says graduates who have achieved their chartership have taken up jobs in their droves in other jurisdictions. “Many of our surveyors have travelled to the Middle East, Canada and Australia because (the charter) is automatically recognised as an accreditation and they are able to get jobs on some very exciting projects straight away.”
4. Lots of jobs available at home too

Research shows that, based on a conservative forecast of economic growth up to December 2019 (3 per cent growth per annum), over 2,000 new jobs are expected to be created across the surveying profession. Looking at current student enrolments on surveying courses, there will only be enough Irish graduates to fill half of those positions.
5. Ability to move around sectors

There’s lots of scope to move around sectors. There is also the opportunity to expand your skill base because it’s such a wide, diverse profession. “A lot of people who start off in the quantity surveying side of the house go in to project management after a period of time. Transference of skills and qualifications are actually quite good and varied,” Myler says.
6. There are lots of exciting jobs within the industry

Geomatics is one of the most in-demand technical skills in the world. Geomatics surveyors map, measure and interpret the world and the geographical information they provide helps governments, businesses and organisations make informed decisions.
There is also another side to it. Certain scenes in James Bond’s Casino Royale were created by geometrics surveyors who make computer-generated 3D images.
7. Opportunities to work with large multi-national companies

With the recovery in the property market, international companies have bought large tranches of land in Ireland and some are looking to stay and develop a real business model. Myler says graduates like the fact they are now working for global companies as that provides them with an opportunity to travel. It could also see them working in the head offices of tech giants like Google and Facebook as facilities managers.
8. Every day is different and requires good people skills

Not many people like to be chained to a desk and with surveying there are plenty of opportunities to get out and about. For example, property roles such as residential and commercial estate agency provide a lot of time outside the office. “There is a need for good soft skills and people skills too and it’s not all cerebral,” Myler says.
9. Great opportunities for career progression

There is a shortage in all areas including quantity surveying, geomatics, property, building surveying, asset management and valuations – hence there are fantastic opportunities. Career progression can take surveyors in many directions and they can work in many sectors.
10. It’s a great career for women

Surveying has often been seen as a male-dominated industry but Myler insists it’s a great career for a woman. “Sometimes people feel there is a need for physical strength in surveying but there isn’t. Women tend to be better people persons and the skills they offer are absolutely applicable to this range of opportunities.”

For more information, please visit the Society of Chartered Surveyors website at to learn about the variety of accredited courses on offer.