Electricians. Plumbers. Pipefitters. Oh my. Skilled laborers with a strong work ethic can be hard to find–and also hard to keep!
A recent study by EMSI found that 53% of skilled-trades professionals in the U.S. were 45 years old–or older. Put simply, the demand for these skilled workers is outpacing the supply–and it’s only going to get worse.
It’s not all doom and gloom however. The companies that develop a more strategic workforce model will have a pipeline of talent and will outpace their competitors. The good news is that partnering with a qualified staffing firm that focuses on skilled trades recruitment, can help solve many of your labor challenges. Here are just some of the benefits of working with a staffing firm:
Access to talent.
As we pointed out, the talent pipeline is shrinking. But good staffing firms understand where to find skilled laborers and they do it consistently. By developing a key partnership with a staffing consultant, you’ll have access to the talent you need, on demand.
Lower overhead costs.
The construction business can be volatile. You deal with budget concerns, time constraints, subcontractors, not to mention things like weather that can really put you behind the 8-ball. By partnering with a staffing firm, you can access labor on an as-needed basis. So when your project is delayed due to something you can’t control, you don’t have a crew sitting idle. Using temporary staff allows you to convert your labor costs from fixed expense to variable. It also allows you to quickly scale up when needed.
One of the biggest reasons for employee turnover in this field is getting burned out. Using temporary staff to support your full-time staff can help limit burnout and decrease turnover of your top performers. As an added bonus, temporary staff can help eliminate the need for costly overtime expenses and save a lot on labor costs.
Lower recruitment expenses–and headaches.
Hiring stinks. It takes you away from the 100 other things you need to do. For most owners and business professionals, it’s one of their least favorite tasks. Using a staffing firm eliminates this headache and cost. The staffing firm deals with recruiting, recruitment advertising, interviewing, etc. Instead of spending countless hours on unqualified labor, you can focus on your job.
Skill and safety knowledge is verified.
Anyone can say they have the skills, but until they’re on the work site, you really never know. But by working with a trusted staffing firm like CCS Construction Staffing, you can rest assured that the candidates we send are already skill and safety verified, and ready to work!
References are checked.
You know that hiring off the street is a recipe for disaster. By doing your due diligence, checking references and doing background screens, you’ll save yourself huge headaches in the long run. By working with a good staffing firm, these checks will already be done for you and you’ll only see laborers who already passed with flying colors.
Ready to get started?
As you can see, working with a solid staffing partner can save time, money and headaches. At CCS Construction Staffing, we focus solely on recruiting skilled construction professionals. Contact us today to learn how we can help you recruit skilled laborers and streamline labor costs.