We're all in this together

It's no secret the roofing industry is facing enormous hurdles attracting new workers. Is it because high school students are choosing colleges over vo-tech or trade schools? Is it because roofing is regarded as too "dirty" of a trade? Is it because the roofing industry at large doesn't offer a clear career path?

The reasons clearly are varied, and the answers are complex. NRCA is trying to help roofing contractors—and all members—address the worker shortage, but all construction trades are facing a similar challenge. And this could mean no matter what the roofing industry does, it may not be enough.

According to the Conference Board, a global, independent business membership and research association, 2017 will be a difficult year for contracting companies looking to hire new talent.

Brian Schaitkin, senior economist at the Conference Board, told Bloomberg BNA it takes 16 days on average to fill open construction positions—the longest period since the height of the housing boom.