Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Construction companies get creative to find skilled workers

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A leading Metro Vancouver home renovation company is offering cash rewards to anyone who can help find it tradespeople with specific skills.

“We are looking for one Red Seal carpenter and one site supervisor with extensive residential experience,” Ralph Belisle, president of TQ Construction, a home renovation firm based in Burnaby, said in an email to Western Investor.  “We are offering a $500 reward for each successful hire.”

The cash incentive is open to all clients, subtrades, suppliers and even employees of TQ Construction, a 33-year-old company that has won local, provincial and national awards for its home renovations.

“We offer competitive wages, paid vacation and opportunities for training, promotion and performance bonuses,” the company states.

TQ is among Vancouver-area residential contractors facing a shortage of skilled labour, according to the BC Construction Association (BCCA), which warns the province is facing a shortfall of at least 15,000 workers.

A recent BCCA survey found that 94 per cent of B.C. construction companies are trying to hire more workers and that the average annual salary for a B.C. construction worker is $56,170.

That wage rate is rising in Metro Vancouver, said Bob de Wit, executive president of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association, who added builders and renovators are competing fiercely for skilled labour, especially project managers and qualified framers.

Keep reading in the Vancouver Courier

 


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