Why Contractors are Turning to Hiring Services to Find Electricians, and How I-TAP Can Help
COMMERCIAL ELECTRICIANS ARE ONE OF THE MOST IN-DEMAND CLASSES OF SKILLED LABOR IN THE UNITED STATES, AND EMPLOYERS CAN'T FILL JOBS
June 19, 2018
Every year, the Association of General Contractors of America releases the results of a workforce survey. These surveys highlight the types of workers utilized in construction projects, and where employers are facing difficulties in finding workers.
Electricians are one of the most sought-after classes of skilled labor anywhere.
In the 2017 national AGC survey, 32% of contractors reported difficulties hiring millwrights. 35% couldn’t find adequate mechanics, 44% struggled to hire drywall installers. 47% found pipelayers, heavy equipment operators, and cement masons to be scarce.
“But where did electricians figure in these statistics,” you might ask. In the survey, 53% of contractors stated that were struggling to hire electricians. This figure was tied with bricklayers for the second-most difficult job to fill, trailing only carpenters at 58%. According to AGC, while demand for electricians is high nationwide, the need for electricians and other craft labor is highest here in the Western United States.
Employers are looking increasingly far afield for electrical journeypersons, and are starting to offer significant financial incentives.
AGC isn’t alone in pointing out the shortage of skilled electricians. Manpower, a nationwide staffing solutions firm, has found that in the U.S., as well as on a global level, employers are most frustrated when it comes to hiring electricians, welders, and other skilled trades.
Businesses are becoming increasingly desperate—and creative—when it comes to finding employees. Union Pacific is offering electricians hiring bonuses of up to $25,000, as is BNSF Railway. A contractor in Texas hired skilled laborers from as far away as Alaska, while an Iowa electrical contractor opening a branch in Nebraska is planning to hire up to 60 local residents and put them through apprentice training. And it’s not just the U.S. that’s struggling. A manufacturer of specialty trailers in Quebec found itself looking as far abroad as Nicaragua to find electricians.
Consequently, it’s unsurprising that employers are now using employment recruiters to meet the demand for commercial electricians.
While some companies are starting small with advertising on Indeed, or reaching out to temp agencies, others are turning to high-end recruiting firms like Aerotek. A few years ago, these specialized recruiting agencies typically centered around careers in engineering and the medical field, careers that require college education. Today, recruitment agencies are now responding to the shortage of tradespersons.
There are even staffing firms that cater solely to the electrical field. These firms include Egret Consulting Firm, Premier Electrical Staffing, Electrical Career Specialists, and U.S. Electrical Staffing.
Here at I-TAP, we help employers and our students at the same time by identifying graduates who would be good fits for open jobs. If you’re a contractor in the Sacramento area who’s struggling to find commercial electricians, we can help! Give us a call today, and we’ll help you recruit new talent that can help your complete projects on time and on budget, and ultimately grow your business.
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