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The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
John Caulfield / BUILDER / August 8, 2013
Insights, analysis, and expert hiring Tips to help you staff up for the new-Home Building comeback.
The Beutler Corp., one of the largest HVAC, plumbing, and fire sprinkler contractors in the western U.S., hired 270 employees last year, bringing its total workforce to more than 600. It expects to hire another 250 employees in 2013. At a time when home builders and subcontractors around the country are becoming nervous about the availability and rising cost of labor in core trades, McClellan, Calif.–based Beutler is Exhibit A for how construction companies with foresight are getting
John Caulfield / BUILDER / August 5, 2013
Will immigration reform quash the flow of laborers?
Hispanic workers account for about one-fifth of the residential construction workforce, according to NAHB estimates. The trade association would like to see that number grow larger to balance future labor shortages that might arise as home building activity and buyer demand swell.
But immigration reform has become a political piñata, with the U.S. House of Representatives in June rejecting a much-debated bill passed by the Senate that combined stronger border protection with an eventual path to citizenship for people in the U.S. illegally.Read More
Teresa Burney / BUILDER / July 18, 2013
Unions promise trained carpenters when housing market rebounds.
When home builders need carpenters, union trained ones will be available in the markets where unions are active, says Douglas J. McCarron, general president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.
With 250 training centers, an extensive apprenticeship program, and recruiting programs at community colleges and high schools, the union has the infrastructure in place to gear up quickly to provide the next generation of carpenters, McCarron said.
And he’s not worried about lack of candidates — the organization’sRead More
Robert Dietz / NAHB / July 9, 2013
Government employment data indicate that the count of construction sector job openings for the months of 2013 is the highest since 2008. While the increase in unfilled positions is consistent with the uptick in construction sector activity, particularly for home building, the data reflect only modest increases in total employment thus far.
For the construction sector, Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicate that gross hiring rose to 307,000 in May from 283,00 in April. However, the hiring rate, as measured onRead More
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters / June 19, 2013
Where have all the carpenters gone? Home builders across the United States are scratching their heads for an answer as they struggle to assemble crews to keep up with growing demand.
In some parts of the country, the shortage of skilled carpenters – especially framers – is so bad that builders cannot get projects off the ground and it is taking as much as two months longer than normal to complete a project.
“Right now I have framing material sitting on the job site with the foundation on the ground,” said Stephen Paul, executive vice president at Mid-Atlantic BuildersRead More