Ireland’s biggest contracting company John Sisk is now employing more construction staff in the UK than Ireland thanks to several big contract wins.
UK business John Sisk and Son’s shift to civil engineering and energy projects paid off as it delivered an 81% rise in turnover last year to £278m.
Once the firm started to expand out of traditional building work, pre-tax profits saw the benefits, more than doubling to £3.4m.
In Ireland, although construction turnover fell by 28%, the business remained profitable against the backdrop of unprecedented difficult conditions for construction.
Liam Nagle, group chief executive, said: “Sisk Group made an important strategic decision in 2005 to both diversify and internationalise our business.
“We are now seeing the benefits of that decision, which took us into new markets and sectors and helped us to continue to trade profitably throughout the downturn.”
He added: “In 2010, almost 50% of turnover was generated outside Ireland, a reflection of how much the profile of the Group has been transformed in recent years.”