How to Make Your Next Construction Worker Hire

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Last updated at 09-14-2020 19:42:48



More than 16,169 companies advertise 51,808 Construction Worker 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 Construction Worker most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 19,149 job posts from 7,771 employers in the United States. This is a increase of 26.6% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 85 Construction Worker job seekers for every active Construction Worker job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Warehouse Worker, Laborer, Construction Worker, Delivery Driver, Truck Driver, Forklift Operator, Retail Sales Associate, Maintenance Technician, Customer Service Representative, and Driver seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Construction Worker candidates in the United States. This differs from the last six quarters, where the most popular titles were: Warehouse Worker, Laborer, Construction Worker, Delivery Driver, Retail Sales Associate, Customer Service Representative, Truck Driver, Forklift Operator, Maintenance Technician, and Crew Member. 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 Construction Worker candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 38.4% of the active Construction Worker candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 21.7% have between 3-5 years of experience, 19.9% have 6-10 years of experience, and 20.0% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 6.2 years to 5.9 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, oracle, communication skills, English, carpentry, power tools, hand tools, tile laying, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. Demand for hand tools, excavator, English, power tools, tile laying, writing skills, oracle, heavy lifting, welding, and Spanish has significantly increased. If you are looking for a Construction Worker with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.4 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 57.0% 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 40.0%.

Example Construction Worker responsibilities

  • Examine blueprints and drawings to ensure the work site meets requirements
  • Read work orders, inspect materials, and obtain equipment before construction begins
  • Operate tools such as nail guns and drills
  • Carry materials to the job site or in some cases operate a crane or forklift
  • Establish a safe perimeters around the site for upcoming construction


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 Construction Worker positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: California, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New York are the states that have the highest demand for Construction Workers. California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania are where most job seekers are searching for Construction Worker jobs. If we look at the Construction Worker to job ratio, Iowa, Utah, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Kentucky have the lowest number of Construction Worker applicants per job. West Virginia, Nevada, Connecticut, Louisiana, and Hawaii have the most active Construction Worker 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 1,628,206 job seekers interested in Construction Worker opportunities in the United States. That’s a 19.3% increase compared to the previous quarter with 1,364,681 active job seekers. Around 38.4% of the active Construction Worker candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 21.7% have between 3-5 years of experience, 19.9% have 6-10 years of experience, and 20.0% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Construction Worker candidates is 5.9 years. Active candidates in the Construction Worker 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 Construction Worker 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 13,225 Construction Workers from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including Peopleready, Tradesmen International, US Construction, Labor Finders, Staff Zone, NULL, Trojan Labor, People Ready / True Blue Inc, Habitat For Humanity, and Aerotek.

After analyzing post-interview data from Construction Worker candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 67.7% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 92.7% 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 Construction Worker candidates are expecting a on-site interview, phone call/screening, background check, and drug test. Most employers do not require a they have no interview, group interview, or problem solving exercises. If you are trying to hire your next Construction Worker quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 77.8% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 45% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • What made you decide to go into this line of work?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Why did you choose this career?
  • Can you explain the process of construction to me?

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 Construction Worker salary offered by employers increased for 2 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a decrease of 10% from $61,186.01 to $55,350.58 compared to the quarter before, which is on par with the past 6 quarters. For Construction Worker positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: healthcare insurance by 60.1%, paid time off by 42.9%, dental insurance by 42.1%, a 401k plan by 40.5%, vision insurance by 35.4%, discounts by 17.4%, and stock options/grants by 7.9%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including fully remote, somewhat remote, paternity leave, maternity leave, flexible working hours, sabbaticals, mostly remote, and location variety, to attract and retain Construction Worker candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 21.6% of the employers conducted a background check, and 20.7% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Construction Worker candidates.


When you’re ready to hire a Construction Worker, 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 Construction Worker candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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