Job satisfaction in the skilled trades remains high, with 83% of tradespeople satisfied in
their choice of work, according to B2C platform Angi’s second annual Skilled Trades in
America Report. However, skilled trades still face a worsening labor shortage, with more than three-quarters of tradespeople, 77%, viewing it as a problem that has worsened over the last year.
“On one side, you have disengaged workers leaving their jobs and on the other you have skilled home tradespeople saying they are happy because they find meaning and value in their work, making it a unique and opportune time to attract new talent to these careers, while also improving employee engagement across the country,” said Oisin Hanrahan, CEO of Angi.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for home services has steadily increased and the skilled trades have been experiencing a chronic labor shortage. And Angi’s report found the perception among tradespeople is that the shortage continues
to worsen. Sixty-eight percent of tradespeople have struggled to hire skilled workers
and more than one-third, 35%, are slightly or extremely understaffed. Over half of
tradespeople, 52%, say a lack of available workers is stunting their growth and 68% say
they could grow their business if they could find more available workers.
In addition, 27% of skilled trade workers are within 10 years of the social security
retirement age of 62.
Diversifying recruitment efforts as a key part of the solution to overcoming the labor
shortage, according to the report.
The report was compiled based on Angi analysis of American Community Survey Public
Use Microdata and two surveys of 2,400 skilled tradespeople conducted between Aug. 4
and Aug.17. Each survey had 1,200 participants.
Source: Staffing Industry Analysts