Construction workers are paying an average of nearly €1,500 in housing costs each year, with more than a third of them working part-time.
The Irish Housing Authority (HHA) said the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Dublin rose to €2,039 last year, compared with €1 and €1.80 in 2016.HHA figures showed that the number of construction workers was on the rise, but the HHA also said that the overall number of people in the industry was stable.
The number of Irish construction workers has increased by more than 5,000 in the past year, the HSA said, while the number employed in the construction industry in Ireland fell by about 4,000.
The HHA said construction was one of the fastest growing industries in Ireland, accounting for nearly three-quarters of all new jobs in 2016 and almost three-fifths of new construction jobs across the country.
The construction industry employs more than 7,000 people, mostly in the commercial and industrial sectors.
Construction workers earn €3,000 to €4,000 a year, while in the private sector the average salary was €2.60.