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According to Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the U.S. construction industry will need to bring in an additional 590,000 skilled trade workers to keep up with demand in 2023. As of April 2022, the construction industry had 440,000 job openings. This, coupled with the manufacturing industry, which needs to fill more than 1 million job openings, has many Americans wondering how the country will keep up with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act’s big plans, not to mention the peaking demand for new-construction houses. 

The skilled labor shortage within the construction industry has been affecting every level of the supply chain. Manufacturers cannot maintain enough workers to make products in time, and contracting companies do not have enough skilled workers to keep up with the heightened demand we have seen over the past few years. 

The Reality of Finding Skilled Trade Workers

Ninety percent of general contractors are worried about a skilled trade labor shortage, and 57% of contractors report that they have had trouble finding skilled trade workers to fill their open roles. The number of young people seeking roles in the trades has been dwindling for quite some time.

In addition to the lack of availability, the cost of labor has gone up significantly in recent years. In fact, the compensation cost for workers in the U.S. increased 5% from September 2021 to September 2022. This is due to factors such as economic inflation, competition to find employees, and the overall rising expectations of the workforce. 

These challenges directly impact the productivity of job sites. When there are not enough craftworkers to complete a job, it will be delayed. In addition, when contractors are rushing, overworked, or stressed, they are more likely to make errors, leading to more calls for repairs.

Benefits of Partnering With a Top Construction Staffing or Manufacturing Staffing Powerhouse

In construction, time is money, and a contractor’s time is more valuable than ever. Getting your contractors to a job site quickly improves company-wide productivity, meaning your business saves money in the long run.

It takes a lot of time and resources to recruit new talent. Recruiting services such as Tradesmen International® are here to help fill the straining labor gaps that you are experiencing. With nearly 200 local labor market service teams nationwide, Tradesmen International® can connect you with a trusted, skilled worker quickly. 

Wasting time on individual recruiting efforts is a thing of the past after partnering with Tradesmen International®. Your efforts should be focused on more value add projects and gaining new business – not on the hassles of everyday staffing. 

Single Recruiting Engine

As mentioned above, Tradesmen International® has more than 200 full-time recruiters who can be pulled together to support any order through the company’s National Recruiting Center recruiting team.

Vetted Skilled Trade Workers 

Finding trade workers is half of the battle. Tradesmen® understands that employee quality is just as important. While the qualifications and expertise of the craftworkers are diverse, their proven ability and their commitment to safety are consistent.

Tradesmen®’s staffing experts do the screening and vetting work for you. Through face-to-face or video interviews, reference checks, workforce hours verification, and credential verification, the team at Tradesmen® does the heavy lifting for you. 

Success Across Industries 

There are dozens of industries that need help finding skilled workers. With a nationwide talent pool of more than 500,000 professionals, Tradesmen® is prepared to support your construction staffing needs whether you’re in the residential, commercial, heavy industrial, petrochemical, wind, solar, or other other construction sector.

“We have utilized Tradesmen International® to help our company find skilled craftworkers to complete our projects in a timely manner,” Blakely Tile & Marble said about its experience. “They have been a good supplement to our core workforce and have enabled us to self-perform more of our work. The ease of contacting our rep to have help on demand is a great perk of doing business with Tradesmen®.”

Planning and Partnership

Since Tradesmen® is helping so many companies across North America, it’s important to communicate your specific needs early on. Tradesmen® prioritizes its strong relationships with contractors, subcontractors, and other businesses to understand all of the short- and long-term skilled labor needs. 

Tradesmen® always wants to provide the right number of skilled workers with the appropriate experience level for each partner. Making sure the relationship is strong early on allows Tradesmen® to provide exactly what each company needs on a just-in-time basis. 

Finding Skilled Trade Workers With Tradesmen International®

It is easy to be overwhelmed by the seemingly never-ending bad news and statistics regarding the skilled labor shortage. Do not take on construction staffing burden on your own. Allow Tradesmen® to help. Get started today with a free consultation and get back to doing what you do best.

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With a CORE + Flex skilled labor strategy, Tradesmen provides a no-cost labor productivity consultation.

We help contractors plan to run a lean staffing solution comprised of their core full-time workforce. 

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