Construction is booming in Texas. According to Marketwired, The state will see more than $85 billion in construction by 2015. This will be a major challenge for recruiters as more workers will be needed. In general, manufacturing and construction are both industries in which the number of people leaving work and the number of people coming into the job for the first time are not the same. According to an interview by Manufacturing.net with Traci Fiatte, president of general staffing for Randstat, baby boomers are retiring, but they are not being replaced quickly enough to deal with the increased demand for people in specialized industries.
As such, those who remain in the business have the special honor of increased job security and opportunities for better pay. As companies grow and expand, they are also hiring new people. Companies like DNT Construction in Texas are benefiting enormously from the boom in Texas, according to the San Antonio Business Journal. Because of the demand, the number of workers is increasing. DNT has about 600 workers, but it will be adding even more.
"There's more work and opportunity out there, but it's hard to find good qualified people," said Jason Nikkels, DNT Construction's executive vice president. "We need more of everyone. From the boots-on-the-ground-guys to the mid-level managers."
Hiring for businesses
Recruiters are entering a position where it is an employee's market, and workers are aware of this. Those who seek to entice people will have to offer deals that are competitive. According to Collom Construction, what workers want are good working conditions and a salary appropriate to what they can actually do. Offering benefits like extra breaks, better insurance, and advancement opportunities is also something that can help to bring top talent.
According to Staffing Industry, many workers are leaving jobs in order to find positions with better salaries and better growth opportunities. Companies will have to do their best to offer a competitive package.
"Today's employment market is geared toward the candidate," said Addison Group CEO Thomas Moran. "As the economy continues to improve, attracting and retaining talent has been increasingly challenging for employers across all industries […] As a result, it's important that employers understand what employees prioritize when considering employment options, and what can be done to retain top talent."
Number of workers is in a state of decline
The number of technical and vocational training schools is decreasing, according to Manufacturing.net. As such, the number of qualified professionals who can work in heavy duty industries that involve the use of machines and specialized equipment is going to be reduced in the future. This means it will gradually become more difficult to hire quality workers. Although entry level jobs are seeing salaries and benefits growing as a result of the scarcity of workers, it is important that companies keep watch on the particularly hard-to-fill positions. These are typically more technology based, such as programming machines and operating equipment that requires a specific certification. Jobs along these lines will likely need a salary boost if companies want to fill the roles quickly.
Job seekers are also looking at the prestige of various companies in order to decide whether to work somewhere or not.
Recruiters should make sure to form personal ties with people who can connect them with construction workers and those in the manufacturing industry. Building connections is a major part of any recruiter's job. This can involve making friends with other hiring professionals, and it can also mean attending conventions in order to meet with people who have talent pools they can offer to bring people in contact with.