Construction companies across the state are struggling to get enough workers for their projects.
Some companies are offering hiring bonuses worth hundreds of dollars and are still struggling to have workers call back. It’s a frustrating situation for Marla Carter, the office manager of Tulsa Civil Contractors.
“It’s virtually impossible,” she said. “I know that we have placed several ads on different platforms, and we have seen virtually no responses.”
Original Article: Oklahoma construction companies face challenges hiring new workers
In what’s becoming a common problem throughout the industry Oklahoma, like many jurisdictions is undergoing a worker shortage. The original article which was posted by a local news station underpins a problem in the industry that is much larger.
The article goes on to say that despite the companies best efforts (posting ads, running media campaigns) they’ve been unable to find new workers for their growing portfolio of work. They attribute it to a drop in workers due to the coronavirus with people being afraid to come back to work. They also attribute it to the wide availability of unemployment.
My gut tells me there’s a much larger issue at bay here and that’s the shortage of skilled trades in general. In an article on Newswire, some professions have had jobs going at only 50% filled throughout the US.
Oklahoma Is just one example.
There are examples all over the US, Canada and Europe where companies aren’t able to find the workers. I’d argue that the workers who are taking advantage of the unemployment aren’t necessarily the ones you want back on your jobsite.
Our high schools are pushing expensive university degrees when there are a large number of well paying jobs available to young people in the trades. Why?
Oklahoma, like many cities, will continue to suffer even after COVid is in our rear view mirror. The problem we face now requires both an investment in our education, as well as technology.