We all knew this was a problem and a recent survey by home services marketplace and website HomeAdvisor proved it when they found that the construction skilled labor shortage has created a labor gap that is affecting the economy, limiting construction business growth and endangering the ability of knowledgeable tradesman to be able to pass down their skills to future generations of workers.
In the survey, 93% of respondents said they believe that the labor shortage is preventing their businesses from growing over the next 12 months. And, while 50% of respondents plan to hire one or more skilled workers in the next year, 76% believe it will be hard to find new employees.
The survey also found that 61% of respondents believe that a lack of exposure to the skilled labor field is preventing younger generations from entering the trades. Respondents said there is a negative perception of the trades as a career and a lack of training options for those who want to pursue a career as a construction craftsman.