For owners of plumbing and heating and cooling companies, finding and keeping qualified workers is becoming a bigger challenge every day. Here’s why:
Using U.S. Census data, we estimate the industry will need 21 percent more plumbing and HVAC construction technicians by 2022 in addition to replacing existing workers who retire.
By 2025, 95 million baby boomers will have left the workforce, and only 40 million members of Generation X and Generation Y will be available to replace them.
For every four skilled workers who leave the construction industry, only one is entering the field. To address this problem, a special task force made up of members of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association and the PHCC Educational Foundation Workforce Development Task Force was created in 2014. The task force has recommended a variety of strategic initiatives and resources to help member companies.