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La pénurie de main-d’œuvre au Québec – L’industrie de la construction frappée de plein fouet

Près de neuf entrepreneurs sur dix sont concernés par la pénurie de main-d’œuvre dans le secteur de la construction résidentielle au Québec. C’est ce que dévoile un sondage exclusif publié aujourd’hui par l’Association des professionnels de la construction et de l’habitation du Québec (APCHQ). « Nous avons beaucoup entendu parler de cet enjeu par nos membres … Continue reading

The Future of Jobs – UK construction industry will need to reskill over 600,000 employees over the next two decades

We are finally on the cusp of the much-heralded fourth industrial age. The transformational technology that will bring about a new industrial revolution is already available, and across the global economy, businesses are beginning to leverage it to deliver huge productivity benefits. It doesn’t look so rosy everywhere. The UK construction industry’s lacklustre productivity levels … Continue reading

Skills Gap in UK – A construction skills time bomb is ticking according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB)

According to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), a construction skills time bomb is ticking, with skills shortages on the increase across a number of trades and professions. The FMB’s latest State of Trade Survey for 4Q14 that small construction firms are experiencing particular difficulties recruiting carpenters, joiners and bricklayers.  “As the shock waves from … Continue reading

Skills Gap in US – The case of construction workers

Homebuilders have had a difficult time finding labor. This might sound odd considering that 1.5 million construction workers lost their jobs during the recession and only about 80,000 construction jobs have been added back since the recovery began, says Bank of America’s Michelle Meyer. To get a better sense of the health of the construction … Continue reading

Skills Gap in Colorado / Shortage could raise construction costs

The main reasons for the workforce decrease was the lack of demand for laborers during the economy’s downturn in 2009 Continue reading

Malaysia / Construction industry faces severe shortage of workers

Construction companies say the industry is facing a severe shortage of skilled and unskilled workers as government authorities weed out illegal immigrants from the country Continue reading

Canada / There are, and will be, acute skilled trade challenges says BuildForce Canada

“The reality is that there are, and will be, acute skilled trade challenges within the construction industry in parts of Canada that simply cannot be ignored,” said Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director of BuildForce Canada, a national industry-led organization that provides critical labour market forecasts Continue reading

US / Construction adds 20,000 jobs and unemployment hits six-year low

Construction employment rose by 20,000 in September, and the industry’s unemployment rate fell to a six-year low of 8.5 percent, while construction spending increased for the fifth consecutive month in August, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials cautioned that the data does not address … Continue reading

Skills Gap in BC Building Sector / The industry turns to Ireland

The current shortage of skilled tradespeople in Western Canada is so dire that the B.C. Construction Association is returning to Ireland this month to hire 600 people, said the group’s vice-president. In fact, even if one-in-five students graduating from high school in B.C. during the next three years were to pursue a trade, there still … Continue reading

US / Job Gap / Construction Still in The Red

Of the 8.8 million jobs lost in the U.S. economy, a whopping 2.2 million were in construction. Most of those jobs have yet to come back. Some construction firms expect to hire more workers in 2013, but don’t call it a comeback just yet. About 31% of construction companies plan to hire workers this year, … Continue reading

Australia / Western construction industry labour shortage: Kickstart initiative will bring an extra 21,000 construction trade apprentices

More apprenticeships are to be made available in Australia with the aim of addressing skill shortages in Western Australia where foreign workers are needed to plug gaps in the construction sector. A $57.5 million incentive programme aims to encourage employers to take on new apprentices to help address shortages in the industry. Minister for Skills … Continue reading

Balfour Beatty | 12,000 jobs at risk

Britain’s biggest construction company Balfour Beatty (BALF.L: Quote) has warned all its 12,000 staff in the UK that their jobs are at risk, the construction industry magazine Building reported on Wednesday. Read More @ Balfour Beatty warns 12,000 jobs at risk: report | Business | Reuters.

High Unemployment Not Primarily Driven by Lost Construction Jobs – Economic Intelligence (

We often hear that today’s high unemployment is being primarily driven by workers who were laid off from construction jobs, but it’s not true. It is true that the bursting of our 8 trillion dollar housing bubble meant an enormous loss of construction jobs and that unemployment in construction is severe. But the bursting of … Continue reading

Cianbro Looking To Hire 150 Workers – WABI TV5

Cianbro announced they’re hiring 150 new workers. Officials for the construction company say they’re facing the largest backlog of projects in their 63 year history. The job openings are for all sorts of positions including journey level millwrights, pipewelders and pipefitters for Greater Bangor and Woodland. As well as for the spring outage season when … Continue reading

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