Research on the Shortage of Technicians in the Trades

2012 Manpower Group World-Wide Survey

Industry studies consistently show that the plumbing, HVAC and electrical industries have a severe shortage of qualified and trained service technicians across all trades.  For example, the 2012 Talent Shortage Survey, conducted by ManpowerGroup of 38,000 employers in 41 countries and territories, found that businesses overwhelmingly identify a lack of available employees with the right technical expertise and employability skills here in the US as well as world-wide. Click here to read the full report.

2012 Survey of Nexstar Members

Within the Nexstar family, 88% of the members surveyed currently experience this shortage on a daily basis and have for over the past twenty years.

2012 Mike Rowe Speech to Congress Regarding a Lack of Tradespeople

In 2012 Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) gave a speech to the US Congress regarding the lack of skilled tradespeople.

Our Industry in the News

Our industries protect the health, safety and welfare of our nations and this continuous shortage has disastrous effects on our communities as outlined in the article about the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in the New York/New Jersey area.  Hurricane Power Outages After Sandy Not Extraordinary, According To Report Analyzing Katrina, Past Storms.  Click here to link to story.