Grafton Merchanting to create 170 new jobs

Some 30 roles immediately available in three new Dublin branches...

Grafton Merchanting has announced that it will take on 170 new employees nationwide over the next two years.

As many as 100 roles in senior management, specialist sales, operatives and administrative support roles will be rolled out this year, with the remainder arriving in 2018 as part of a significant expansion of the business.

Most regions will see employment opportunities, while 30 new roles are being advertised immediately in Dublin as the group opens three new branches in the capital.

These consist of a specialist heating and bathroom Davies outlet in Sallynoggin and Chadwicks Express branches in East Wall and Turvey.

The Grafton Group's merchanting segment owns the Chadwicks, Heiton Buckley, Sam Hire, Telfords and Davies builders and plumbers businesses.

The additional jobs will boost its workforce to 1,420.

Eddie Kelly, chief executive of Grafton Merchanting in the Republic, said:

“We very pleased to be announcing 170 new jobs, bringing to almost 350 the total number of new roles being added since 2014.

"These roles represent a significant opportunity for young people to join a growth industry and avail of the significant training and development provided within the company.

"We see this as further evidence of a tangible and sustainable turning point for the construction sector in Ireland.

"At GMROI, our experienced and knowledgeable staff were a real differentiator during the downturn and that sector knowledge has also informed our decision to invest in new store formats in locations that meet the needs of builders in urban locations.”

Mr Kelly added:

“With reports indicating that 35,000 new homes will be required in Dublin alone by 2018 we anticipate a more sustained new home building programme over the coming years, supported by the Government’s Help-to-Buy scheme and relaxation of mortgage lending rules.

"We also expect a continuing recovery in [Remodeling Market Index] activity following a prolonged period of under investment. We believe this will be supported by improving household income, reduced debt and the extension of VAT relief for home improvements announced in Budget 2016/17.”