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Skilled worker jobs see a spike as the industry workload piles up – WGEM

QUINCY, Il (WGEM) — If you’re thinking about a career change, skilled labor is in demand.

The staffing firm “People-Ready” found that construction job postings were up by more than 50% last month and postings for drywall finishers were up 300%.

DP Construction in Quincy said stimulus money and low interest rates are fueling the demand, as people look to spend their extra money on projects

President Derek Price said they use competitive pay, benefits, and their work culture to compete for good employees.

“We see it in our company,” Price said. “We need more carpenters, but our subcontractors need them as well. So yeah there’s a really big demand right now.”

Price said he’s trying to find another carpenter and the subcontractors he uses also need more skilled workers.

He says there’s opportunities for advancement as well.

“In the construction industry, like a carpenter, yeah, it pays well, and then when you become a project manager or a project coordinator, those pay really well as well and can make a great living and support your family,” Price said.

Price said they do offer on-the-job training and are looking for workers with a basic understanding of construction and how the process work, but experience is definitely a plus.

He said they’re also seeing people switching their careers and getting into construction.

But the industry has also faced a lot of challenges.

Price said due to COVID-19, high lumber prices are driving costs up nd other building materials, like windows, are taking a lot longer to
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