There is a shortage of skilled tradespeople, including plumbers, throughout the American economy. While this may sound like a golden ticket for skilled plumbers who want to find a plumbing job in this market, it hasn’t been as easy for contractors and jobsite overseers.

They are faced with gaps in their workforce that have been extremely difficult to fill. The plumber shortage also increases labor costs and makes it more difficult for contractors to bid on new projects.

Plumber Job Outlook

How is the construction worker shortage affecting jobsites across the country?

The National Homebuilder’s Association’s Spring 2021 Construction Market Report found a 55% shortage of plumbers available for work. This plumber shortage comes at a time when the demand for residential construction, in particular, is high as Americans seek to renovate and build new homes post-pandemic.

Are plumbers in demand?

Demand for plumbing professionals is up, but factors such as material delays and insufficient pools of qualified plumbers are complicating how contractors staff projects. Unsurprisingly, the job outlook for skilled plumbers is expected to grow 5% (approximately 23,400 jobs) through 2030, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Despite this growing demand, contractors who don’t have a skilled labor staffing partner may struggle to find skilled plumbers to staff their projects.

How to Combat the Plumber Shortage

As the demand for skilled workers continues to outpace the supply, contractors must act to ensure they have access to a reliable, skilled and safety-minded pool of contingent craft professionals. Without a temporary skilled labor solution, contractors may risk their ability to complete projects on time and on budget.

With a skilled staffing partner like Tradesmen International, contractors can access high-caliber plumbers on demand. Because our plumbers are full-time Tradesmen employees, we cover their labor-related costs—from benefits and workers’ compensation to payroll expenditures. As a result, you maximize your staffing strategy and fortify your bottom line.

Take steps to combat the construction worker shortage now. Find skilled plumbers at Tradesmen International, and build the temporary workforce you need to successfully complete your residential or commercial plumbing project.

*Source: Despite rising salaries, the skilled labor shortage is getting worse (2021).