Construction Worker Shortage Leading To Improved Pay, Benefits

Monday, September 24th 2018, 11:36 am
By: News On 6

Contractors across the country say they're facing a shortage of construction workers. The tight labor market is forcing contractors to offer better pay and benefits to attract workers. 

They're also using apprenticeship programs to bring in and train new workers.

"Educators, teachers, counselors and parents all feel that the construction industry is a low paying career, and it's a dirty career and that's absolutely not the case," said contractor Tom Brown.

Contractors say while apprenticeships will help build a bigger workforce in the long term - for now, the labor shortage is driving prices up.

"We're having to work over time, we're pushing people to their limits to get projects done so there is a cost associated with it," Brown said.

Contractors say those costs are ultimately passed on to consumers.

There will be a Construction Career Day and Industry Showcase Thursday, October 25, 2018, at Tulsa Technology Center's Riverside Campus. People interested in exploring a career in construction can learn more about carpentry, electrical, masonry, painting, plumbing and other jobs.

Counselors, instructors and industry professionals will be available. Stacey Bayles of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa said students will be participating in the morning and early afternoon. The event is open to the public in late afternoon and early evening.