Photo by Tudor Van Hampton for ENR Qualified crane workers are tough to find, said attendees at a recent Link-Belt sales event. Photo by Tudor Van Hampton for ENR Skill sets have changed for factory jobs, said Chuck Martz, president and CEO of Link-Belt. Related Links: Construction Jobless Rate Falls, But Industry Adds Just 1,000 Jobs New Survey: Get Ready for Workforce Shortages Companies that manufacture, sell, repair and use construction cranes complain that qualified workers, such as welders, machinists, maintenance technicians and operators, remain extremely difficult to locate even as U.S. construction and manufacturing joblessness remain high."The skill sets
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.