A QUARTER of all construction workers will lose their jobs by the end of next year, a confidential new report reveals.
Massive job losses in the country's largest industry will send unemployment soaring and leave tens of thousands of young men on the dole.
A total of 65,400 of the 279,000 currently employed in construction will be forced out of work as the economic downturn worsens and the value of new property plummets.
The report, carried out by the employment and training authority FAS into construction and contracting, is one of the gloomiest job forecasts produced to date.
Obtained by the Irish Independent, it shows those set to lose their jobs include:
35,800 craft workers such as bricklayers, carpenters, and plasterers.
9,000 non-craft skilled workers (scaffolders, roofers etc).
10,600 general workers.
2,100 professionals (archi-tects, quantity surveyors etc).