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How to Land Skilled Workers

How to Land Skilled Workers

Currently, there is a construction labor shortage. It’s becoming hard for companies to find and retain skilled workers. A lot of young people hold misconceptions about a blue-collar career.

So what are people doing to find the skilled workers?

  • Connect with schools, families, career counselors, and community leaders to combat and address myths and stereotypes about the labor and construction industry. The average salary for skilled trades is over $65,000 and 27% of trade school grads earn more than degree earners.
  • Create opportunities for young people to work for you part time or as an apprentice of intern.
  • Connect to industrial networks. Sign up for meet-and-greats to meet young people who are training for trades in high school, middle school, and college level.
  • Be a regular presence at job fairs.
  • Don’t gender stereotype. Find ways to attract skilled female workers. Prove to women they are safe from workplace discrimination and occupational hazards.
  • Consider second-chance applicants. Hiring formerly incarcerated people have higher retention rates with lower turnover.
  • Create a work environment that is safe, healthy, and supportive.
  • Offer competitive, location-specific salaries.
  • Offer medical, dental, and vision benefits.
  • Offer parental leave.
  • Offer mental health support.
  • Provide job training.
  • Offer employment advancement opportunities.
  • Offer referral bonuses.

Ignore the myths. Construction is a rewarding career. You will get trained. You will have many opportunities. You will get paid well. You will get advancements in your career. It costs a lot less to start a trade than go to a four-year college.

 

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We submit a completed contractor’s license application to the Construction Licensing Board on your behalf after getting information from you by phone or email. We will let you know what information we need from you and what else you need to do whether that’s take an examine or submit your experience. We make the process easy and get you licensed fast. We know what the Board is looking for, so you won’t get rejected. read more

Construction Industry Facts 2019 Part 4

Construction Industry Facts 2019 Part 4

Construction is a booming industry making billions of dollars. There is currently a construction boom, but it is starting to slow; however, it is not stagnant. Skilled workers are needed as there is a labor shortage More women and minorities are getting jobs in this industry and more new, innovative technologies are being used. A contractor gets paid well, works with many different people, in different environments, and gets to learn new things all the time.

For this article, we wanted to share even more statistics to show you the current state of the construction industry and where it’s headed in the future:

  1. In 2018, there was a 12% growth in the number of construction firms using Building Information Modeling (BIM) software.
  2. 39% of companies say a “lack of IT staff” is the most limiting factor in adopting new technology.
  3. 75% of construction firms promote themselves through social media.
  4. 96% of U.S. general contractors are moderately confident in commercial construction demand.
  5. 91% of off-site construction is prefabrication, followed by78% is modular construction.
  6. 86% of contractors are not effective or need improvement in prefabrication construction.
  7. 82% of contractors believe that BIM (Building Information Modeling) is the future of project information.
  8. 70% of contractors say BIM is still not sufficiently standardized across the industry.
  9. 90% of all global infrastructure projects are either over-budget or delayed.
  10. The average backlog of construction projects for a contractor is 9.3 months, which means the market is stable with room for growth.
  11. S. construction equipment rental sales are expected to reach $59 billion by 2021.
  12. Construction equipment is rented for an average of six days.
  13. 15% of equipment rentals are for individual construction projects.
  14. Equipment rental counts for 47% of industry revenue.

 

The construction industry is booming, making money left and right. Come be a part of it!

To be a contractor, you will need a contractor’s license to work legally in most states. We are a Florida contractor licensing company. We help contractors across the United States get their contractor license. We help you succeed.

We submit a completed contractor’s license application to the Construction Licensing Board on your behalf after getting information from you by phone or email. We will let you know what information we need from you and what else you need to do. We make the process easy and get you licensed fast. We know what the Board is looking for, so you won’t get rejected. read more

Construction Industry Facts 2019 Part 3

Construction Industry Facts 2019 Part 3

Construction is a high-earning industry and a large and growing one. There is currently a construction boom, but it is starting to slow; however, it is not stagnant. There is growth in single-family home developments, and home-improvement projects. More women and minorities are getting jobs in this industry and more new, innovative technologies are being used. There is still a labor shortage, and skilled contractors are needed.

For this article we wanted to share more statistics to show you the current state of the construction industry and where it’s headed in the future:

  1. Construction in the Western United States was projected to grow between 7% between 2017 and 2018.
  2. 20% of U.S. construction occurs in New York, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington.
  3. 50% of all construction in the United Cities is expected to occur in only 20 cities over the next five years.
  4. New York City is the most expensive city to build in in 2017; it costs $3,900 per square meter to build.
  5. The top five states that rent equipment for construction are California, Texas, Florida, Illinois, and New York.
  6. Globally, 2.3 million people die due to work-related accidents or diseases every year.
  7. About 64% on-the-job fatalities in construction are due to four types of hazards: falls, electrocution, being struck by an object, and being crushed.
  8. Falls account for 39% of all construction deaths.
  9. In 2016, 1034 workplace fatalities took place in the United States.
  10. About 651,279 deaths each year are reported around the world from diseases related to hazardous materials in construction.
  11. 54% of construction companies have R&D departments for new technology.
  12. Of the companies with R&D departments, 16% have more than five people in their department.
  13. 37% of construction firms are experimenting with drones, which has grown 10% from 2016.
  14. 57% of companies are considering job-site employee tracking.
  15. Only 11% of general contractors use wearable technology.
  16. Only 24% of construction employees are “very comfortable” with new technology.

 

The construction industry is growing with new job opportunities and technology. As a younger worker, you can take charge of the new technologies, bring them into the workplace, and make the entire team comfortable using them to change the nature of the workplace dynamic for the better.

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Construction Industry Facts 2019 Part 2

Construction Industry Facts 2019 Part 2

Construction is a high-earning industry and a large and growing one. There is currently a construction boom, but it is starting to slow; however, it is not stagnant. There is growth in single-family home developments, and home-improvement projects. More women and minorities are getting jobs in this industry and more new, innovative technologies are being used. There is still a labor shortage, and skilled contractors are needed.

For this article we wanted to share more statistics to show you the current state of the construction industry and where it’s headed in the future:

  1. 35% of construction-related companies increased their staff size in 2017.
  2. The average hourly wage of a construction employee is $29.95.
  3. The median weekly earnings for a full-time, non-union worker was $840 in 2017.
  4. In 2017, the median earnings for a full-time union worker was $1,163 per week.
  5. The construction industry has added 297,000 jobs.
  6. In July 2018, construction work was estimated to be $1.3 billion dollars.
  7. Over $81.2 billion in new contracts were given to the top 10 construction companies in the U.S. in 2017.
  8. 90% of U.S. general contractors reported that they are concerned about the labor shortage.
  9. 57% of contractors plan on hiring more employees in the next six months.
  10. 57% of contractors have trouble finding skilled workers.
  11. Only about one-third of employees in the construction industry were born after 1980.
  12. 52% of construction employees were born between 1960 and 1979.
  13. 30% of the construction workforce are Hispanic or Latino.
  14. 9% of the total construction workforces is female.

As you can tell, skilled workers are needed. If you are thinking about getting into contractor or switching careers, this industry needs you, especially if you are born after 1980 and are a woman!

To be a contractor, you need a contractor’s license to work legally in most states. We are a Florida contractor licensing company. We help contractors across the United States get their contractor license smoothly.

We submit a completed contractor’s license application to the Construction Licensing Board on your behalf after getting information from you by phone or email. We make the process easy. We know what the Board is looking for to get you licensed fast. read more

Construction Industry Facts 2019 Part 1

Construction Industry Facts 2019 Part 1

Construction is a high-earning industry and a large one at that. There is currently a construction boom, but it is starting to slow. There is growth in single-family home developments, home-improvement projects. More women and minorities are getting jobs in this industry and more technologies are being used. There is still a labor shortage.

For this article we wanted to share some statistics to show you the current state of the construction industry and where it’s headed in the future:

  1. In 2017, $1.23 trillion was spent on construction in the United States.
  2. Construction costs are expected to rise 4.3% globally.
  3. 77% of construction spending occurred in the private sector in 2018, which was about $951 billion dollars.
  4. In 2017, construction accounted for between 7% of total U.S. GDP.
  5. Single-family home construction is estimated at $267 billion.
  6. Multi-family home construction rose by 7% last year, with $65 billion in estimated value.
  7. Commercial construction was $85 billion in 2017, which up 11% from 2016.
  8. Home improvement spending increased by 14% in 2017.
  9. In the last three years, 56% of contractors registered their projects with the U.S. Green Building Council (USBGC) or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
  10. Construction for manufacturing sector decreased by 16% in 2017.
  11. Construction for power and energy distribution fell by 5% in 2017, but it is still valued at $100 billion.
  12. Amusement and recreation construction grew by 5%, largely by stadiums and casinos.
  13. Conservation and development construction is at $8 billion dollars.
  14. Transportation construction rose by 4% in 2017 from mostly work on ports and airports
  15. 6 million people worked in the construction industry in 2017.
  16. 15% of construction firms have a staff of over 1,000 people.

As you can tell the construction field is growing. You should be a part of it!

To be a contractor, you need a contractor’s license to work legally in most states. We are a Florida contractor licensing company. We help contractors across the United States get their contractor license.

We submit a completed application to the Construction Licensing Board on your behalf after getting information from you by phone or email. We know what the Board is looking for to get you licensed fast. We do all the heavy lifting for you. read more