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Funding proposal could create 42,000 construction jobs - but do we have the workers?

Posted by Jim Fearon, Hays VP, on Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015

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A recent report finds that federal and provincial funding for infrastructure could boost construction activity nationwide, creating thousands of new jobs. But with Canada's construction labour market stretched thin, where would those workers come from - and what are the opportunities for current construction professionals?

A Broadbent Institute report examined the possible economic impact of a planned federal and provincial $50 billion infrastructure, finding that it would create 42,150 direct construction sector jobs.

What that means for employers
According to the Hays 2015 Salary Guide, 80% of construction employers struggled to hire the employees they needed. We are seeing specific shortages for estimators and quantity surveyors, project managers and superintendents. Employers need to prioritize their recruitment needs by determining what roles will be pivotal in the next one to three years. Ensure your compensation packages are competitive, and if you can't compete on base salary, make sure you are offering better benefits, work environment, and opportunities for career growth.

These shortages are not going to be reduced until Canada's employers and educators are working together to develop future talent. Work with your local college to encourage people to enter these high-demand areas and invest in training and developing junior employees to grow your own future leaders.

What it means for construction professionals
With demand high, you can find a career opportunity that fits your priorities - but first you need to know what your priorities are. While compensation. is an important consideration, only one job will pay the most and many Canadian workers have started prioritizing career progression over base salary.

Career progression was the second highest reason given for why people leave their jobs in the Hays 2015 Salary Guide, and in the long run it could pay off in terms of more responsibility, bigger projects and faster growth. If you're focused on long-term success, look for roles that go beyond a single project and offer training and development opportunities that will prepare you for the next level of your career.

Make your next career move: View a job below, or search for opportunities in your area.

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