FMI warns shortage in trade workers may slow construction

By |  February 11, 2015

After surveying members of the Construction Personnel Executive Group, FMI reported a craft labor shortage might slow construction. The survey determined that 24 percent of the survey respondents will be unable to bid more work and 32 percent will experience slow growth if their companies cannot meet the need for skilled labor and tradespeople.

“Overall, there’s an increase needed in skilled trade workers of more than 10 percent throughout the next three to 10 years,” says Ken Wilson, director for FMI.

According to FMI, the top five positions that will be most difficult to fill are heavy equipment operators, welder/boil makers, carpenters, pipefitters and ironworkers.

Two of the significant contributing factors to the high demand for craft labor include the shift of construction workers to oil and gas related construction, and the number of survey respondents that plan to increase the amount of work the company self-performs, FMI reports.

Download a copy of FMI’s 2015 survey report, “Craft Labor Recruiting and Retention” here.

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