Like other industries facing worker shortages, the construction industry continues to present challenges for contractors and hiring managers. Nearly 78 percent of construction firms say they are having a hard time filling both salaried and craft positions.*

So, what is causing this construction worker shortage? The construction industry is struggling to meet the demand for skilled craftsmen largely due to the 2008 recession, an aging workforce and slower population growth.

As a result, many decision-makers on construction jobsites feel the pressure to fill vacant roles caused by the industry’s shortage of construction workers. This means skilled craftsmen looking for jobs may have a bright future ahead in the construction field.

Construction Worker Job Outlook

Because the demand for construction workers is high, employment rates are growing faster than average. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for construction workers is expected to grow through 2026.

Craftsmen will be required to repair, maintain and build new infrastructure, including:

  • Schools
  • Roads and bridges
  • Commercial buildings
  • Power plants
  • Manufacturing facilities
  • Residential homes

In addition, construction workers are in high demand following natural disasters, such as hurricanes, forest fires and floods. Over time, the effects of climate change pose serious implications for infrastructure, and skilled craftsmen will be needed to repair and rebuild after national emergencies.

Lowering Construction Labor Costs

When there aren’t enough craftsmen to fill a need, jobsite overseers may find it difficult to complete projects on time and within budget, as well as bid on new projects. The construction labor shortage not only widens the gap for companies looking to employ construction workers, but also increases construction labor costs.

With a staffing solution partner like Tradesmen International, you get on-demand access to proven construction workers when and where you need them. We’re dedicated to supplying you with hard-working, safety-minded and reliable craftsmen. And because Tradesmen craftsmen are permanent employees, we cover labor-related costs such as benefits and workers’ compensation—helping you save on your bottom line.

Our craftsmen are multipurpose workers who move from task to task efficiently and safely. It’s not easy making tough decisions, especially when a range of variables threaten to increase your labor costs. By partnering with Tradesmen, you’ll lower construction labor costs, find construction workers and gain the workforce you need to get your next job done right.

*Source: Construction worker shortage tops sector concerns in 2019