According to a survey from the Associated General Contractors of America and Autodesk, 80% of construction companies struggle to fill hourly craft positions that make up most of the industry’s positions. Stephen Sandherr, AGC’s CEO, said in the press release that although workforce shortages remain one of the most significant threats to the construction industry, it’s a fixable problem. AGC officials have asked federal leaders to help by increasing funds for technical education, among other requests.
“Construction workforce shortages are prompting many firms to innovate their way to greater productivity,” Allison Scott, head of construction integrated marketing at Autodesk, said in the press release. “As the cost of labor continues to increase and firms look to become even more efficient, technology can enable better collaboration and ultimately lead to more predictable outcomes. There is also opportunity in untapped pools of talent such as tradeswomen, veterans, and young people looking for an alternative to the traditional four-year university.”