If you’re hiring construction workers, you might find yourself struggling to attract talented people – at least compared to some years ago. Studies show that it’s not you; it’s the labor market.
In the US, the unemployment rate in the construction industry dropped from 4.7% in June 2018 to 4% in June 2019. Month over month, employment has been trending up. Meanwhile, a report from the European Commission predicts that, by 2030, construction job boards will become busier because new jobs will be created as a result of the transition to a carbon-neutral economy. This is great news, but, with the overall unemployment rate at historically low levels, construction recruiters and companies will have to try out new hiring methods and look for new candidate sources.
It all starts with targeting the right people. And to do so, you need to go where they are. For construction jobs, this means using specialized job boards – instead of generic sites – so that your job ads stand out to people who’re interested in the field. Here are 10 of the best construction job sites along with valuable information that’ll help you attract the right candidates.
Niche construction job boards
Disclaimer: The prices listed below refer to job boards’ pricing packages as of August 2019. Each site may change their pricing at any point, so before you decide where to post your job ads, make sure to check the sites for updates.
If you’re hiring construction workers in Canada, this is the place to go. For $99, you can post one job while for $185 you can post two jobs. Your job ads will be live for 30 days. Alternatively, you can pay $210 to advertise three jobs for 90 days.
This site has a section dedicated to construction jobs. Candidates who’re looking for a construction job, apart from browsing open roles, can also build their resume and read industry news. For employers, plans begin from $199, plus there’s an option to buy a diversity package that promotes open roles on job sites specifically for women, people with disabilities and other underrepresented groups.
This is a UK-based construction job board with 329,265 registered job seekers. A single ad for 28 days costs £625. There are other options, too, that’ll give your job ads greater exposure among candidates. Prices range between £750 and £1,000.
A US job board dedicated to construction and heavy equipment jobs. You can pay $249.99 per month to post one job ad and get access to the site’s resume database. Other than that, there’s a plethora of monthly and annual plans to choose from, depending on your needs. For example, you can pick a plan that gives you more job slots or make your company a ‘featured employer’ to maximize your ad exposure.
If you google “Construction job board” or “Construction jobs”, this site is among the top results. So, it’s worth giving it a try if you’re hiring in the UK. Prices range between £249/month for a single job ad and £596/month for 5 ads. Plus, your open role will be advertised in several construction job boards that belong to the same network:
This US-based job board gives you the option to publish your construction job ads for 30 days by paying $249/job. However, if you purchase more than one job slots, you get a discount. The site also gives you access to a candidate database so that you can search for qualified people who haven’t applied for your jobs yet.
This site belongs to the same network as the aforementioned Construction Equipment Jobs and Fire & Security Jobs. The pricing scheme is a bit different, though; here, you can buy one job for $199.99/month and get access to the resume database. For $833.33, you get unlimited postings for one year, plus access to the resume database and the option to be featured on the site.
A popular construction site (you might not be able to access it if you’re located outside US) with lots of testimonials from happy customers. Job seekers can find career advice, while recruiters can advertise 1 job for $265/month or 3 jobs for $375/month. You can also pay $665/month for 1 job and access to the resume database.
This is a veteran-owned small business that separates jobs into targeted job boards, e.g. manufacturing, alternative energy, petro-chem and general construction. You can pick the job board that’s most closely related to your business and advertise one job for 28 days at the price of $200. There are also 3-month and annual plans. For an additional fee (depending on your plan, it could be from $300 to $495/year for 5 accounts), you get access to a candidate database and will be notified when job seekers express their availability.
This is a job board specifically for Oil & Gas positions all over the world. According to the site, there are 690,000 unique visitors per month. You can choose between two different plans ($550/month for 1 job or $990/month for two jobs and access to candidate profiles) or ask for a custom solution that fits your hiring needs.
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Besides niche construction job boards, you can always try the popular job sites like Indeed and Monster that attract lots of candidates. When writing your job description, make sure to use targeted keywords, particularly in the title, so that job seekers will immediately know what the role is about.
If you have construction sites outside of metropolitan hubs or international projects, consider job boards and social media groups that advertise to people who might want to relocate, e.g. Expat Network and Xpat Jobs.
You can also advertise your open jobs on local newspapers and sites to attract people who are looking for job opportunities specifically in that area. In any case, it’s good to track and measure how many qualified candidates you get from each source to allocate your hiring budget effectively.