Labor shortage: in the construction industry, not all holes have been plugged after the retraining wave

Labor shortage: in the construction industry, not all holes have been plugged after the retraining wave

The construction sector is the fourth most difficult to hire sector in Occitanie with 72.6%. Companies are experiencing direct career changes.

Increasing wages, paying baskets of meals, paying for trips, and buying quality equipment significantly reduces the weight carried. Despite the marked improvement in working conditions, construction companies are struggling to hire.

In Occitanie, this is it 50% more job offers in civil engineering In the first quarter of 2022 compared to the last quarter of 2021, which has already faced recruitment difficulties. On the other hand, employment is down 12% in the same time period, according to figures from Pôle Emploi Occitanie. With 8,230 offers and 7,610 applicants, companies cannot fill staff.

The difficulty rate for recruitment has exploded this year. pass by 62.8% to 72.6% in one yearAll the way to fourth place – sad – the regional podium.

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Blame it on transfers…

“Today, we can’t hire qualified workers. Even temporary companies can’t find them”Pascal Kristol, General Secretary of CAPEB, the Employers’ Union of Building Trades, Hérault regrets.

Many workers have left during Covid and have not returned.

Which sectors are most affected in the construction industry? Masonry, plaster and tiles, with a difficulty rate of 78%. This professional notes that there are too many retrainings. With the health crisis, construction workers turned to other sectors: “We are having trouble attracting candidates. Not to mention that many workers left during Covid and never came back.”.

…and freelance work

The report by Jean-Pierre Garcia, CAPEB President and Builder in Saint-Martin-de-Londres, also talks about the difficulties that companies in the sector face in finding employees. according to him, Self-entrepreneurship harms structures that are looking for employees. For good reason: You can manage your schedule however you wish, and you often make a better living.

Now we have a gap of a few years of training.

As a result, employers often do not end up “Good” employees. “We have a problem with the quality of the people we hire. Once I hire one, I train her again. Because he is a good employee, he is self-employed, self-employed”He says.

Another difficulty: “About five years ago, companies stopped training apprentices to take on seconded workers. Young people were no longer employable, they became too expensive. For the price of a French worker, we had two foreign workers. Now, We end up with a gap of a few years of trainingexplains the construction.

How do you adapt?

Therefore, companies are changing their habits … “Some call foreign workers”, he explains. Others are forced to reduce their activity, even if it means “bodice”until “to cancel” construction sites. Not much, luckily.confirms Pascal Kristol.

In spite of everything, learning for him is a royal solution: “Promoting construction careers with apprenticeships is essential. The goal is to get young people involved in the profession”.

Shortage “will become limited” in the industry

“The employment problem we are facing comes from increased demand. Our application records are full,” comments Pierre Damien Rochet, president of UIMM Méditerranée Ouest, a French employers’ association that brings together major companies in the metals industry. At the moment, there is no decrease in activity due to lack of staff. But it will “become constrained” in the long run. To avoid rejection of applications, companies have created the Passerelles Industries system that allows employees to “loan” between professional branches, depending on the shortage or increase in the number of employees. “In addition, we train 750 trainees annually at the former Languedoc-Roussillon,” concludes Mr. Rochette.

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