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More than half of U.S. contractors say finding skilled workers is big barrier to their growth

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More than half of U.S. contractors say finding skilled workers is big barrier to their growth

Inflation, risk management, and resilient supply chains are also major concerns.


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | November 3, 2022
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More than half of U.S. contractors (55%) say finding enough skilled workers is one of the biggest barriers to growing their business, according to a DEWALT Powering the Future Survey.

That number rises to 69% among businesses with $10 million or more of annual revenue and 64% among survey respondents with 20 years or more of experience. About half of respondents believe that training the next generation of trades professionals is one of the most critical needs for the success of the construction industry in 2023.

An overwhelming majority of contractors (93%) say the lack of skilled workers has had at least a minor impact on their existing work. Half of the contractors who have had their work impacted by the labor shortage (50%) cite the primary causes for the labor gap as a lack of awareness around career paths in construction, followed by outside influences (parents, media, etc.) that guide younger people away from pursuing a career in the industry (47%), as well as an underestimation of how much money can be made (41%).

Keeping up with inflation (57%), risk management (37%), and working long hours (37%) are also major concerns for contractors.

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