How to Minimize the Impact of a Skilled Worker Shortage at Your Facility

Facility managers and company leadership in many industries across the U.S. are facing an unprecedented shortage of skilled workers.

  • In the housing industry, a lack of skilled construction labor is contributing to a housing inventory gap of an estimated 266,000 – 344,000 units per month (CNBC). 
  • An average of six out of 10 positions in the manufacturing industry remain unfilled as of March 2019 (Sandusky Register).
  • Electricians are expected to have a labor shortage of about 60,000 workers by 2026 (Fox Business).

The list goes on and on. At the end of September, the US economy had 7 million unfilled jobs, but only 5.9 million people were looking for work, according to data released by the US Department of Labor. Of those unfilled jobs, skilled trades such as electricians, carpenters, welders, bricklayers, plasterers, plumbers, masons and more maintained the number one position in vacancies from 2010 to 2018, according to a U.S. talent shortage survey (Washington Post).

It’s critical that facility managers and company leadership find ways to solve the problems that result from a lack of talent.

To ease the impact of a skilled worker shortage at your facility, consider outsourcing your repair and maintenance needs – carpentry, plumbing, electrical, general repair, and more – to a trusted partner.

Strada Real Estate Services has been the trusted partner of commercial properties for multi-maintenance and repair services for over 15 years. We become the one point of contact for you and provide our own experienced employees to get the work done.

Beyond providing you this solution for your repair and maintenance needs, Strada cares about fixing the root of the labor shortage problem.

One of the main contributors to the labor shortage is that more people are reaching the age of retirement than there are people ready to enter the workforce. Skilled trades jobs are an increasingly rare aspiration for young workers. More people than ever are pursuing a four-year college degree instead, partly because there are stigmas and stereotypes that discourage people from pursuing the trade school route. 

Strada proudly supports the mikeroweWORKS Foundation in their mission to help people understand the impact of skilled labor on their lives and encourage them to pursue millions of available, good jobs.

There is a lot of pride in hard work, no matter what type of work it is. 

If we can help you get your maintenance and repair work done at your facility, please give us a call. You can reach us at 630.325.9301.


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