Fifty-three percent of the general contractors, construction managers, mechanical/plumbing contractors and heavy/highway/civil contractors responding to FMI’s 2013 U.S. Construction Industry Talent Development Report stated they’re facing a shortage of skilled labor. More than three-quarters of respondents also noted they are preparing for a changing workforce by promoting internal personnel to key positions, training to improve performance in specific competencies or providing internship/co-op programs. Roughly 50 percent also indicated they are networking with community and industry groups and increasing recruiting efforts at secondary and post-secondary schools.

Online recruiting tools and incentive-based employee referral programs were the top responses for how firms recruit the best talent. In terms of retention, being an employer of choice and providing comprehensive benefits and market-competitive compensation were most important.
Respondents also reported the most successful managers and technical/craft workers had an education background in construction management. Effective communication, strategic thinking and coaching/mentoring were identified as the most difficult competencies to develop in field managers, project managers and senior managers.