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Finding Qualified Construction Workers in 2019 – Survey by AGC and Sage Construction & Real Estate

You’ll want to read this timely and informative survey about finding qualified construction workers in 2019.  OE has posted a number of articles and highlighted a variety of events we are involved in for construction workforce development.   In addition, OE and other contractors in our industry continue to raise employee pay along with bonuses and benefits.  We have seen double digit pay and benefit increases for qualified and experienced field and office related positions here in Colorado.  Along with the uptick in employee compensation many of us are providing even more employee training, including safety related topics and for OE, computer and technology topics revolving around the use of GPS, drone, 3-D modeling and machine control technology in the field.  Let’s all work together to make sure we are committed to investing in our workforce and embracing innovation; collaboration and knowledge are the key to success.

79% of construction firms plan to expand head count in 2019, but most are also worried about their ability to find qualified workers

Seventy-nine percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2019, but an almost equal percentage are worried about their ability to locate and hire qualified workers, according to the Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate. The findings are detailed in the survey, check out this link to access the survey –  2019 Construction Workforce Survey

These results stand out in a survey of more than 1,300 contractors that the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and Sage released on January 2, 2019. Questionnaires were sent to AGC members on November 7, the day after the 2018 elections, and results were received as recently as December 17, 2018.

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About the survey –

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the leading association for the construction industry. Over 27,000 firms, including more than 7,000 of America’s leading general contractors, nearly 9,000 specialty-contracting firms and almost 11,000 service providers and suppliers are associated with AGC through a nationwide network of chapters. Visit the AGC Web site at http://www.agc.org.

Sage energizes the success of businesses and their communities around the world through the use of smart technology and the imagination of our people. Sage has reimagined business and brings energy, experience and technology to inspire our customers to fulfil their dreams. We work with a thriving community of entrepreneurs, business owners, tradespeople, accountants, partners and developers who drive the global economy. Sage is a FTSE 100 company with 14,000 employees in 24 countries. For more information about our construction-specific technology, visit http://www.sagecre.com.

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Importance of Growing the Construction Industry

In 2018, OE Construction participated in a workforce survey of construction firms conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). The findings were recently released and show an overall positive outlook for the future of construction. For OE Construction, the future of construction has always meant creating opportunities for driven, young people.


The majority of responding construction firms reported plans to grow their team with the expectation of hiring an additional hourly employee reported over 75% and hiring a salaried employee over 60%. This increase in craft personnel is a direct reflection of the growth in the construction industry. Construction firms – OE Construction included – continue to anticipate that the demand for all types of construction services will continue to expand.


Despite this positive outlook and a need for new hires, 80% of construction firms reported that they are having a hard time filling some or all positions. This growing workforce shortage has made it difficult to find qualified candidates, leading to some firms recruiting workers who lack the necessary skills or experience. This is a huge red flag for workplace safety, as 52% of construction firms reported it will become harder to hire and 31% reported it would continue to be difficult.


At OE Construction, safety is one of our core values that drives our company mission. It is why we train in and support the STOP™ (Safety Training Observation Program) program on every job site. Workplace safety is just one of the many reasons that OE Construction believes in investing in the next generation. OE Construction has been active in CONSTRUCTION CAREERS NOW, a program which provides free education and training to individuals who are interested in joining the construction industry.




Programs like this provide men and women with limited knowledge about the construction trades an opportunity to join a growing industry that offers incredible benefits to its employees. Like other construction firms that reported to the AGC workforce survey, OE Construction is not only hiring but innovating personnel programs to remain competitive within the industry. 


According to the AGC workforce survey, 70% of firms have increased base rate pay and 40% have provided incentives or bonuses for hourly workers. Likewise, 69% have increased base rate pay and 57% have provided incentives or bonuses for salaried employees. Additionally, 39% of construction firms have improved employee benefits in the last year due to difficulty filling positions.


Due to the workforce shortage in qualified new hires, the industry has become more competitive internally. Of the 85% firms that reported losing hourly craft or salaried personnel to other employers, 64% reported that they were losing workers to other construction firms vs 21% to other industries. Losing personnel compounded by the difficulty in finding replacement hires has forced construction firms to get creative with their hiring process.


The majority of construction firms reported adding or increasing their use of recruitment platforms to include engaging with career-building programs, hiring a recruitment firm, outsourcing to unemployment agencies, and more. In order to address these shortage issues, 54% of construction firms have implemented or increased in-housing training and 35% have developed an internship program. Both are great opportunities for the next generation to find lucrative and rewarding careers in the construction industry. 


These staffing challenges have also impacted projects. In such a competitive industry, bidding with the lowest price in the shortest possible time without sacrificing safety or operating consults is challenging enough. Of surveyed firms, 63% responded that projects have taken longer than anticipated and 59% reported that costs have been higher than anticipated. As a result of this, 49% of construction firms have put higher prices into their bids or contracts and 37% have put longer completion times into their bids or contracts.


Clearly, workforce issues can have a tremendous impact on individual construction firms as well as the construction industry as a whole. Here at OE Construction, we anticipate more programs like the Construction Careers Now program available on the Emily Griffith Technical College campus popping up all over the country. Their 4-week Introduction to Construction Careers curriculum is the perfect model for other state schools and technical colleges to emulate.


Programs like Construction Careers Now offer mentorships and apprenticeships that allow individuals to begin earning a living in their chosen career while they’re still studying. These programs also connect graduating students with hiring construction companies like OE Construction, that allow qualified individuals to easily transition from the course to an internship or entry-level position. From there, driven and hard-working employees are regularly promoted.


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Programs that offer these types of pathways also help bring diversity and a new perspective to the industry as a whole. According to the AGC workforce survey, women and veterans make up less than 25% of the workforce while disabled and formerly incarcerated have grown to encompass 50% of the workforce. And while White and Hispanic make up the majority of the workforce, African American, Asian, and Native American/Indigenous workforce are also growing. 


While this survey shares facts and figures that illustrate the growth of the industry and challenges we face, it is only part of the picture. This survey serves as a representation of the industry like a sliver of an entire pie, but it’s a great peek into the current trends and direction of the industry. Of course, it doesn’t do justice to the optimism and excitement present in the construction community, especially that we feel here at OE Construction.
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OE Construction has been a part of the Colorado Workforce Development program called CONSTRUCTION CAREERS NOW since August of 2016.  The program offers training and education about the construction trades and industry to men and women that are new or have limited knowledge about the industry. There are individuals who have some construction experience, many who are looking at a new career path and the program is open to anyone with an interest in joining the construction industry.

CCN Career Fair #4The only requirement is that individuals make a commitment to the training and education program and have an interest in getting ahead in the construction industry. This new construction workforce is serious about beginning a career in construction as they have gone through the Construction Careers Now curriculum at the Central 70 Career Training & Resource Center in Denver, CO.

During the 3rd week of the training program, individuals have an opportunity to meet and discuss work opportunities with a variety of construction companies and professions at a career fair.  OE was a part of the latest career fair that was held on November 7, 2018. 

What a great group of people OE was able to meet with and talk about careers in construction!  At the latest job fair there were General Contractors, Subcontractors for a variety of construction trades, State of Colorado departments looking for new employees and a number of industry professionals.  We were inspired and impressed with the individuals that were attending the career fair.  OE is passionate about our industry and construction.  What a great opportunity to talk about what we do with individuals who want to join our industry.   

CCN Career Fair #2Where can I go to get more information about the program?


What construction companies participate in the Colorado Construction Careers Now program?


Why enter the Construction Careers Now Program?

  • Construction Careers are in high demand
    • 33,000 employees are needed in the construction industry in Colorado over the next 6 years
  • You could start your career in the next 30 days!
    • Meet contractors at the hiring fair in the 3rd week of your program
  • Industry Sponsored Tuition
    • No cost to participant
  • Well-paid Careers
    • No student loans!
  • Choose from a variety of trades and career paths within the industry
    • No experience required
  • Learn the latest construction technology

Construction Careers Now Curriculum

  • OSHA
  • Construction Overview
  • Basics of Measurement
  • Layout & Level
  • Plumbing & HVAC
  • Traffic & Erosion Control
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Materials Estimating
  • Hand & Power Tools
  • Framing & Sheathing
  • Concrete Formwork
  • Concrete Reinforcing
  • Concrete Finishing
  • Electrical Theory
  • Electrical Installations
  • Materials Testing
  • CDL & Heavy Equipment
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Advice from the Transportation and Construction Girl Event 2018

Construction Girl 2018, OE Construction
Construction Girl 2018

Last week we had the privilege of attending and participating in the Transportation and Construction Girl event in Denver. This event is put on by Construction Girl to raise awareness of the need for more women in the construction and transportation industries. It is also a wonderful event that allows young women to network and be exposed to the many areas of this amazing industry. OE Construction had a booth where we got to interact with young women from local high schools and those who have graduated and are interested in learning more about career opportunities.

Currently, only 8% of the construction workforce is made up of women which lends itself to amazing opportunities for young women. The good news is there are more women construction business owners than ever before, and we hope to see this continue to trend up.

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Terri and Laura working the OE Construction booth

At the luncheon, we all heard from 3 young women, all under the age of 23, who had advice for other young women wanting to explore the opportunities in construction and transportation. We were all inspired (even those of us way over the age of 23) and felt their advice was not only appropriate for all of us but necessary for us to continue to grow personally and professionally.

Here are the three pieces of advice they shared:


    Jay Helmreich is currently a welder and she helped create the beautiful awards that were given out to sponsors and advocates today. Her advice centered around taking more risks. She said there were many times she was afraid to try something new, yet when she put herself out there she saw tremendous growth and doors opened. She said if you risk and things don’t work out…. Just try something else.

    Where do you need to take more risks and try new things? We could all use this great advice.


    Elena Pocs was the second young lady sharing her wisdom. She told us her mom was an amazing role model showing her strength and independence. Elena told us all that we are to be role models and that there is always someone watching us and possibly, being inspired. She loves the construction industry and said that “making things gives me a sense of pride that doing math problems has never given me.”

    Her advice was to connect with everyone you can. Talk to as many people as possible. She reminded us that it’s all about relationships. We couldn’t agree more. That’s one of the reasons we participate in this event. We know that relationships with our vendors, our partners, and our community is critical to our own growth here at OE Construction, as well as critical to our own personal growth. It’s easy to stay “too busy” to reach out and begin building new relationships. What great advice from Elena.


    Daniela Gonzalez was the third to share her advice with us. She is currently a transportation engineer and member of Engineers Without Borders, putting her skills to work and making a big impact on the world already.

    Daniela said to “surround yourself with people who can support you and then do the same for others.” What a powerful and yet, not always easy, piece of advice. She talked about needing to leave behind friends and people who don’t serve her and her goals. How often do we want change in our own lives, but we haven’t counted the cost to determine what we will need to give up in order to have more.

OE Construction at transportation girl and construction girl 2018
Laura at OE Construction connecting with young women

OE Construction chose to participate in this event because we know how important it is to provide education and opportunities to young women exploring our industry, but we also knew going in, that we would be trying something new, we would have the opportunity to build and strengthen relationships, and of course being there at the event we would be surrounding ourselves with people who also support us.

Be sure to check out the many opportunities to participate and support the Construction Girl and Transportation Girl organization.

So now it’s your turn. What advice would you give to the young men and women looking to enter this field? We would love to know. Share your advice in the comments below or jump over to our Facebook page and tell us there. Let’s keep the conversation going.

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By OE Construction Corp.

Some great FUN was had at the October 12th NUCA 5th Annual Equipment Rodeo and BBQ at the Wagner Equipment location in Aurora, CO.

Each year, NUCA members here in Colorado have an opportunity to participate in this event and help sponsor the lunch and prizes.

There are equipment areas setup at the Wagner Equipment yard with a variety of machines in use.  For example excavators, backhoes, loaders and skid steers.  Everyone is given a chance to perform certain tasks with the equipment (like moving a basketball from one area to another using a bucket or forks) and the winners are based on both time and accuracy.

This event is made up of excavating and underground utility contractors and their equipment operators. It is a great way to not only have some fun, but the operators can show off their skills with the equipment.

What a great way to bring attention to our industry and to the incredible men and women who are the backbone of what we do for a living. 

A big shout out to NUCA, the Colorado Chapter of the National Utility Contractors Association and Wagner Equipment and Wagner Rents, the Colorado Caterpillar equipment dealer and service provider.

Check out an OE video of the event – 


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