How to Make Your Next Concrete Laborer Hire

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Last updated at 09-17-2020 18:36:39



More than 4,091 companies advertise 17,988 Concrete Laborer jobs on SimplyHired and its partner sites each year. After analyzing job postings and salary information from these companies, as well as direct job seeker feedback, we’ve compiled a list of insights to show you how to attract and hire your next Concrete Laborer most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 6,403 job posts from 2,096 employers in the United States. This is a increase of 10.1% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 66 Concrete Laborer job seekers for every active Concrete Laborer job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Laborer, Truck Driver, Warehouse Worker, Delivery Driver, Construction Worker, Concrete Laborer, Concrete Finisher, Driver, Equipment Operator, and Forklift Operator seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Concrete Laborer candidates in the United States. This is pretty consistent compared to the same data in the last 6 quarters. If you use one of these currently popular titles in the job description, you'll likely be able to attract a lot more candidates to apply.

For the Concrete Laborer candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 31.2% of the active Concrete Laborer candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 22.2% have between 3-5 years of experience, 22.6% have 6-10 years of experience, and 23.9% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 7.1 years to 7.1 years. If you're posting a job in today's market, expect candidates with about the same experience level to apply to your job compared to the last 2 quarters.

In the previous quarter, the most popular skills that employers are looking for include construction, communication skills, concrete forming, English, Spanish, concrete finishing, bilingualism, commercial driving, Microsoft Excel, and rebar installation. Demand for English, power tools, multilingualism, Spanish, time management, bilingualism, forklift, concrete forming, leadership, and analysis skills has significantly increased. If you are looking for a Concrete Laborer with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.6 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 47.3% of the job posts displayed salary information. By adding salary information to your job posting, you could potentially increase the number of applicants by approximately 60.0%.

Example Concrete Laborer responsibilities

  • Operating cranes, forklifts, or bulldozers for transporting materials
  • Mixing concrete
  • Loading and unloading concrete pours
  • Building forms for pouring concrete
  • Working on scaffolds or ladders


Active Recruiting

When reaching out to candidates, it’s best to understand where to look. We’ve identified hiring trends in states as well as companies regularly hiring for Concrete Laborer positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: Texas, California, Florida, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania are the states that have the highest demand for Concrete Laborers. Texas, Florida, California, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania are where most job seekers are searching for Concrete Laborer jobs. If we look at the Concrete Laborer to job ratio, Nebraska, Idaho, Tennessee, Iowa, and Alaska have the lowest number of Concrete Laborer applicants per job. Rhode Island, Illinois, Nevada, Hawaii, and New Jersey have the most active Concrete Laborer job seekers per job.

Passive Recruiting

While actively recruiting candidates for your role, you should also post your job to SimplyHired. By posting for free and paying only for the qualified applicants you want, your post will automatically go to a network of job boards to reach millions of qualified candidates. With SimplyHired, it doesn’t end with the post. You can track your applicants throughout the hiring process with our simple and easy to use Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Review Candidates

In the last quarter, we estimate there are 419,551 job seekers interested in Concrete Laborer opportunities in the United States. That’s a 18.5% increase compared to the previous quarter with 354,048 active job seekers. Around 31.2% of the active Concrete Laborer candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 22.2% have between 3-5 years of experience, 22.6% have 6-10 years of experience, and 23.9% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Concrete Laborer candidates is 7.1 years. Active candidates in the Concrete Laborer profession most commonly have high school diplomas, followed by associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees. When setting education requirements for your position, aligning with the industry standard makes it easier to find potential candidates. Application rates indicate that Concrete Laborer candidates are likely experiencing a market in which applicants have less negotiating power. From an employer perspective, you'll have a greater selection of candidates to choose from and may want to invest in automated screening tools.

Interviewing Candidates

Interview Process

*Self-reported data collected from 2,071 Concrete Laborers from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including Skold Construction, Suntec Concrete, CEMEX, Vector Construction, Knife River, Cornerstone Concrete, CONCRETE INC, Mid-States Concrete Industries, Superior Concrete, and DiversiTech.

After analyzing post-interview data from Concrete Laborer candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 72.2% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 95.7% of the candidates for this job reported being hired within 2 weeks. If your process takes longer than 2 weeks in the recent market, you'll likely lose these candidates to other employers. Most of the Concrete Laborer candidates are expecting a on-site interview, phone call/screening, drug test, and background check. Most employers do not require a group interview or written test. If you are trying to hire your next Concrete Laborer quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 66.1% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 52% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • Why us?
  • How would you perform this task?
  • Give me a little background on yourself.
  • What makes you the most suitable for this position?
  • Are you available for overtime?

Final Review and Offer

Reference Check

Checking references is a quick and easy way to check for any red flags that didn’t arise to this point in the hiring process. Great insights can be provided by former colleagues and employers.

Crafting an Offer: Salary and Benefits

The average Concrete Laborer salary offered by employers increased for 3 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a decrease of 18% from $67,293.48 to $55,245.81 compared to the quarter before, which is the biggest decrease in the past 6 quarters. For Concrete Laborer positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: healthcare insurance by 73.3%, dental insurance by 54.5%, a 401k plan by 49.5%, paid time off by 46.5%, vision insurance by 45.5%, discounts by 16.8%, and stock options/grants by 7.9%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including maternity leave, fully remote, sabbaticals, mostly remote, flexible working hours, location variety, paternity leave, and somewhat remote, to attract and retain Concrete Laborer candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 21.5% of the employers conducted a background check, and 29.5% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Concrete Laborer candidates.


When you’re ready to hire a Concrete Laborer, SimplyHired is here to help with your next steps. Our Human Resources Information System (HRIS) provides onboarding tools and other essential HR tools. From document signing to time off tracking, our HRIS will help you seamlessly move a Concrete Laborer candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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