Labor Shortage Affecting all Areas of Home Construction
A new study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released in June 2016 found that the labor shortage is growing in the residential building industry.
Thirty-six percent of those NAHB builder members responding to the survey said there is some shortage in roofing, and nine percent said there was a serious shortage. That is up from 34 and six percent, respectively. The type of labor experiencing the worst home construction shortage are carpenters with nearly 50 percent responding there was some shortage, and 23 percent saying there is a serious shortage.
These shortages have been affecting business, causing 75 percent of builders to pay higher wages/subcontractor bids, 64 percent to have difficulty completing projects on time, and 37 percent to look for labor from a wider geographic area.
We’ve been hearing from our contractors about the labor shortage and their struggle to meet their job demands with fewer workers. It is an important issue around the country. We highlighted some tips in our blog post, 5 Ways to Hire and Retain During a Construction Labor Shortage. GAF also held the Hire-A-Hero Roofing Academy program last month to help put military veterans back to work training for a job in the roofing industry.
How has your company dealt with the labor shortage? Do you have any tips for finding and hiring workers? Please share your comments below.