Right now is a pretty great time to be in the construction industry. Since hitting a massive low in 2011, the amount of employees within the industry has steadily and consistently increased over the past six years.
As of August 2017, over 6.9 million Americans have found employment in the construction industry. The unemployment rate within construction has also dropped to 4.7%. These employees consist of carpenters, construction laborers, and construction managers.
Throughout 2017, increased construction spending has helped bolster the building materials industry. This steady increase is due to stronger demand and higher prices, particularly in the private residential sector.
Such an influx of growth in the construction and building materials industries over the past few years begs the question: how are all these people getting hired? What are businesses in the construction industry looking for when they seek out employees?
The answers to these questions can be found by looking at the current construction hiring trends.
Though they are not necessarily written in stone, these trends are very common tendencies found within the construction industry. They are developments that both recruiters and candidates should pay attention to.
Read on to discover the five most crucial construction hiring trends that people should be aware of today.
Businesses Are Paying More and Offering Better Perks
If you are just entering the construction field for the first time, you are in luck. The majority of businesses are currently paying their employees more and offering better perks than they have in recent years.
This trend is especially true for salaries on initial job offers. More and more employers have begun to “up the ante” by making bigger, more attractive proposals that will entice potential job candidates. Some business may even increase these salaries by up to five percent.
Meanwhile, potential perks for employees may include sign-on bonuses, additional paid time off, and free lunches.
Personality Is Just As Valuable As Talent
Practical skills are essential for any candidate looking to enter the construction industry. However, talent is not the only thing businesses are looking at anymore.
Candidates’ “soft skills” (skills associated with an employee’s personality) are becoming more and more valued by employers.
Businesses are keeping an eye out for potential hires that are more dependable, positive, driven, and team-friendly.
How Employers Communicate With Candidates Is Evolving
Technology is no longer just a key tool that candidates can use when searching for jobs within the construction industry. It has also become increasingly important to employers.
Now more than ever before, employers will use their mobile devices to contact candidates about interviews and other appointments through text messaging.
Additionally, Skype interviews are becoming more common, allowing candidates to essentially have face-to-face contact with potential employers even when they are unable to meet at the same location.
Emails and phone calls are still very much a part of the construction hiring process. However, they are not as popular forms of communication as they have been in the past.
Experience Is Appreciated But Not Required
Candidates with previous experience are always more enticing to potential employers.
However, experience was thought of as a necessity before. That’s becoming less and less true in the current landscape of the construction industry.
A majority of employers have stated that they will train workers who do not have experience in the construction field and hire them.
This development indicates that there is great opportunity for those looking to enter the construction industry. It also signals a major shift in the way that employers go about hiring new employees.
Businesses Want More Leaders
While employers in the construction world are willing to hire candidates with little to no experience and train them, they also want more seasoned professionals to take on important leadership roles in their businesses.
Many baby boomers have begun retiring, and they will continue to do so in the years to come. These retirements are leaving major holes within the construction industry.
Employers want skilled workers for these soon-to-be vacant positions. Veterans of the industry now have the opportunity to step up and take on these important managerial roles.
If you’re someone in the construction industry or someone who is considering entering it, be sure to keep these trends in mind. These pieces of information are important to know, whether you are hiring or looking to be hired.
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