US construction industry needs more workers

July 9, 2012 by  

Located in Melville, New York, The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has analyzed the McGraw Hill Construction survey and has some definitive results from the data obtained.

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The survey, the results of which were announced on July 5, focused on identifying the condition and future prospect of the construction industry in the US, examining engineering companies, contractors, and service providers or installers.

Two definite conclusions were reached. The first is a dramatic decrease in construction work due to the recession and the second identified that the average age of construction workers is increasing. In addition, the numbers of qualified workers available for skilled labor fail to meet demand.

Skills that are most in demand include skilled carpenters, electricians, and HVAC or boiler installers. Masons and welders are also in high demand with a 20% shortage in this area.

All participants were of the opinion that skill shortages were caused by lack of replacement when existing workers reach retirement age. Layoffs and non-competitive salaries are also responsible for the study results. Proposed solutions to the problem include increased education and effective promotion of the industry to attract new workers.