Worker Shortages Expected In Strong North American Construction Sector

The pandemic that started in 2020 delayed many construction projects, but 2021 will be full steam ahead. Residential, infrastructure, and industrial building projects, particularly in warehousing, will drive strong growth in the construction sector for the rest of the year and into the 2020s. A surge in home improvement work has also increased demand for construction workers. Anyone with construction skills can expect to find a job because Associated Builders and Contractors predicts that construction companies will need 430,000 more workers above 2020 employment levels.

Construction Career Opportunities Are Here

Plenty of work, coupled with older workers retiring, has created space for the next generation of construction workers. Employers intend to hire experienced construction workers as soon as possible to get projects rolling this spring. Civil engineers, project managers, and heavy equipment operators are in high demand. Women and other demographics normally rare within the industry should see this as the right time to enter the construction field.

Metro-North Railroad crews at work. Credit: Patrick Cashin/Daniel Case

People without construction experience may find companies more receptive to their job inquiries. ABC, in conjunction with its contractor members, has made recruitment a priority and want construction to appeal to ambitious people ready to learn a trade. The sector plans to invest $1.5 billion this year to highlight the good pay and benefits within the construction industry and train new workers so that they have high-demand skills.

Same Picture In Canada

Similar forces are at play in Canada. The executive director of BuildForce said construction will thrive in Canada through at least 2023. Replacing retired workers and keeping up with projects will motivate companies to hire roughly 309,000 new workers. By 2030, construction companies in Canada will likely expand their workforces by 6 percent compared to 2020.

Do you have unfilled positions at your company? Is your company willing to train job candidates even if they do not have industry experience?

ABOUT Associated Builders And Contractors

ABC was founded in 1950 when seven contractors gathered in Baltimore, Md., to create an association based on the shared belief that construction projects should be awarded on merit to the most qualified and responsible low bidders. The courage and dedication of those seven contractors helped to quickly spread the merit shop. Today, ABC is recognized as one of the leading organizations representing America’s business community and the merit shop construction industry.

Associated Builders and Contractors is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members.  ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors.

ABOUT Buildforce

BuildForce Canada studies and forecasts long-term trends in the labor market.  The resulting BuildForce Labour Market Information (LMI) focuses exclusively on trends affecting the construction and maintenance industry including an economic and investment outlook, and an assessment of labor availability for 34 trades and occupations for the residential and non-residential construction sectors over a 10-year period.

BuildForce offers resources designed to provide employers with the information they need to meet labor market challenges and become more productive and competitive. Find research reports, webcasts and self-assessment tools addressing issues that range from productivity to respectful workplace initiatives.

Article Sources

https://www.forconstructionpros.com/business/labor-workforce-development/ar…
https://www.on-sitemag.com/labour/growth-forecast-for-construction-through-…
https://www.contractormag.com/construction-data/article/21159144/constructi…

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