With a booming economy and soaring demand for construction jobs, employers across the country are looking to fill new positions with skilled workers.
The average salary for a construction worker in 2017 was $55,900, according to a report released Tuesday by the Construction Association of Canada.
But with more than 20 per cent of construction jobs in Canada requiring more than a bachelor’s degree, some companies are starting to look at the value of their graduates more critically.
The survey also found that only a small percentage of construction workers were in a position to offer a salary that is competitive with their peers in the construction industry.
Construction worker salaries The average construction worker salary in 2017: $55.7 millionThe median construction worker compensation in Canada was $38,846 in 2017.
(CBC)Some companies are looking for a different type of construction worker.
A survey of 1,000 construction workers conducted by construction firm Miller Construction and released Tuesday found that half said they would take a job with a company that offers a competitive salary compared to the average.
Construction is a highly skilled profession, so the majority of the companies surveyed said that if they had to fill a position in the industry they would choose to work with someone with a more competitive salary.
Miller said that in 2017, there were more than 1.2 million construction workers in Canada, representing more than 10 per cent, with more employers opening construction jobs for the first time in 2018.
“This is a growing sector, so we are seeing a growing demand for workers, and that demand is growing, too,” said Miller CEO Bruce Milliner.
“We think we have a great opportunity in Canada and we have to compete for those jobs.”
Miller expects to hire about 2,000 new construction workers over the next year and expects to have an annual increase in construction workers of about one per cent.