It’s no secret that the construction industry is in need of skilled workers, but which positions are the most in demand? And how many construction companies are experiencing the pressure of widespread labor shortages? These are the questions our Tallahassee construction lawyers will be answering in today’s article. For all of your construction-related legal needs, turn to the team of attorneys at Cotney Construction Law.
Skilled Worker Shortages in Florida
As reported by the Sun Sentinel, an annual survey conducted by Associated General Contractors found that seventy-nine percent of Florida contractors are having a difficult time filling skilled positions. The most in-demand positions are:
- Drywall installers
If your company is in search of one of these skilled workers, you’re not alone. Other needed positions include concrete workers, ironworkers, and installers. Where are all these workers going? Respondents reported that they are losing out on workers to competition despite increasing wages and offering bonuses or benefits. Yet companies also reported wishing to hire for expansions. In order to attract workers and grow their businesses, contractors will need to invest in their most valuable assets: their employees.
Combating the Labor Shortage
The labor shortage isn’t exclusive to Florida — 2,500 construction firms across the nation were surveyed with similar results. Construction companies everywhere must not only attract top-grade workers to the industry but also do everything they can to retain them. They can do this by targeting high schools, community colleges, and vocational schools and by offering new hires a viable career path.
Before you bring on these future leaders of the construction industry, we recommend reviewing your employee handbook to ensure that it’s up to date. Failure to have a comprehensive employee handbook could result in hardship even after you’ve obtained a skilled workforce. A Tallahassee construction lawyer can also review your employment policies to ensure that none are to the unneeded detriment of your valued, skilled workers — a single policy change could mean the difference between an employee staying or leaving for a competitor. To have an experienced attorney review your employee contracts, handbooks, and policies, consult an Tallahassee construction lawyer from Cotney Construction Law.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.