RALEIGH, NC -- Surveying members of the Construction Personnel Executives Group, FMI reports, "24 percent of respondents will be unable to bid more work and 32 percent will experience slow growth if their companies cannot reasonably meet the need for skilled labor and tradespeople." Top executives at the largest contract firms in the U.S. took part in the survey.
"Overall, there's an increase needed in skilled trade workers of more than 10 percent thoughout the next three to 10 years," says Ken Wilson, director for FMI, citing highlights from survey partipants. One large construction company says, "Our current hiring forecast shows a need for 8,500 additional craft workers by 2017."
The top five positions that are expected to be the most difficult to fill are:
Operator (heavy equipment)
There are two significant contributing factors to the high demand for craft labor:
The shift of the construction workforce to oil and gas related construction. FMI estimates that by 2017 nearly 10 percent of the total U.S. construction workforce will be part of this burgeoning segment of the industry.