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Workforce Development

BTEA Updates Workforce Development Survey

The BTEA has updated a report analyzing member contractor workforce needs. The report follows a report issued by the BTEA in 2004 entitled “Building Jobs: A Blueprint for the “New” New York”.

The recently issued report was completed by the FMI Corporation and followed a survey done of BTEA contractors on the subject. The major intent of the report and survey was to help the BTEA learn more about the employment, recruitment and training needs of its member contractors, focusing especially on “back office” positions. This information will be used in considering the development of new managerial and administrative labor market programs and initiatives.

Survey respondents were weighted towards mid-size firms (47%) with 10 to 49 non-trades employees. The respondents were largely comprised of subcontractors (69%) and were predominantly privately-held firms (95%). Approximately (42%) of the firms are family owned.

The survey's respondents generally indicated a need for help in recruiting talent. Thirty-six percent expressed dissatisfaction with their current non-trades recruiting practices. The less sophisticated method of recruiting by “word of mouth” was the most used and successful. Respondents heavily favored (60%) an employment clearinghouse to locate non-trades staff.

The recruiting need is also urgent. A high percentage of respondents (40%) indicated that they were understaffed for projects already in the pipeline. Longer term, it was felt that an aging workforce will exacerbate the issue. Respondents indicated that 18% of their workforce is over the age of 55.

In the current building environment, safety is noted as the most critical training need for project managers/engineers/superintendents. Simply “finding the time” is suggested as the biggest challenge to appropriate training. Further, one-third of responding members are not aware of the BTEA's free training opportunities, and of those that are aware, 38% have decided not to utilize them.

To view a copy of the full report, please click here.

For further inquiries regarding this report please contact BTEA Senior Vice President Hank Kita at 212-704-9745 or by e-mail at hkita@bteany.com.