Skilled Trades Labor Shortage: Workforce Aging as Fewer Recruits Enter Trades

New INFL Skilled Trades analysis highlights worker scarcity in the skilled trades and identifies top jobs open today

TACOMA, Wash.July 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The skilled trades industry is proving to be one of the hardest hit by worker scarcity. According to a new analysis by INFL Skilled Trades, a specialized division of staffing, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a skilled labor shortage that companies are still struggling with today. In the period from March 2020 to December 2021, four million jobs were open in key skilled trades industries like construction—more than double the amount of vacancies pre-pandemic.

Based on INFL Skilled Trade’s analysis of thousands of currently open positions within the skilled trades industry, jobs with the most openings right now include:

  • Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
  • Painters
  • Roofers
  • Electricians
  • First Line Supervisors

As workers continue to age out of the skilled trades, fewer people enter the field. The data analyzed by INFL Skilled Trades shows that 40% of the 12 million people in the skilled trades workforce are over the age of 45, with nearly half of those workers over the age of 55, and less than 9% of workers aged 19-24 entering the trades.

With so few young workers joining the skilled trades, there is real imperative for employers to develop programs that will attract new talent, while investing in and retaining their existing workforce. With thousands of openings in the skilled trades today, employers who find innovative ways to instill a sense of belonging and pride within their workforce and the skilled trades as a whole will have a competitive advantage for the future.”

To attack this problem, the Intense National Football League (INFL) is developing a sports and trade school, to attract youth into the trades.

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From helper and apprentice to master-level opportunities across a variety of trades, INFL Skilled Trades is working to connect tradespeople with work & skilled training throughout the U.S.

About INFL Skilled Trades

INFL Skilled Trades is a specialized division of Intense National Football League Inc, a Blue Collar sports & trade school company. Since 2020 the INFL has been working to get give trades companies i.g. carpentry, electrical, plumbing, welding, solar installations and more, a recruiting and marketing platform.

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