An exclusive new study, underwritten by Acme Brick, Johns Manville, Lubrizol, and MiTek--Berkshire Hathaway Companies, looks at building industry labor shortage pain-points today, and where tomorrow's market is headed. Initial findings based on a survey of home builders were presented at the 2015 International Builders Show and according to Builder magazine:

“It’s interesting in terms of disciplines we’ve been having trouble with,” comments [Toby Morrison, Metrostudy National Sales Manager for Building Products Manufacturers] on the analysis’ early findings. “Most people would think it’s those that would require a multi-year apprenticeship, but what we’re hearing is that it’s framers, finish carpenters, plumbers, electricians, so it’s really the guts of the house.”

Noteworthy among the pain-point areas, Morrison says, “every single respondent who builds more than 250 homes said that they are having labor problems.” More big builders work to counter the exodus of trade contractors from their jobs with “builder-of-choice” programs that, as Morrison points out, offer “better pay, better, benefits, they’re offering more training, they’re trying to get involved with vocational and tech schools to offer alternatives to career paths that don’t necessarily involve a college degree.”

One interesting note: Nearly 20 percent of surveyed home builders said they were having trouble finding masons.

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