The International Roofing Expo (IRE) has taken a new initiative to help the roofing industry address a top issue, the shortage of talent. The IRE has partnered with Work for Your World to create a way to connect employers and job seekers.
The IRE Community Map offers a visual way for talent to discover and learn about the roofing industry, companies, and job opportunities near them. The interactive map officially launched on February 1, during the 2022 International Roofing Expo. The map is now accessible to the roofing community via the International Roofing Expo website and the Roofing & Exteriors website.
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released in March 2021 by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), it was estimated that the construction industry needed to hire an additional 430,000 craft professionals in 2021 over 2020. The construction industry was estimated to grow 1.3 percent in 2021 to $1.45 trillion and is estimated to grow 3.5 percent in 2022 to $1.50 trillion. In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment of roofers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2020 to 2030, with about 15,600 openings for roofers projected each year.
“One of the main issues that the roofing industry continues to face is finding workers. We wanted to create a niche platform that is dedicated to connecting roofing contractors, suppliers, and manufacturers that are hiring with people looking for a job in the industry,” says Ray Giovine, group director for the International Roofing Expo/Informa Markets.
Anyone looking for a job in the roofing industry can access the map and discover hundreds of companies across the globe. You can search for companies hiring by location, job function, category, or company name, and then access their website to find current job openings.
“Our research showed that people want employers they would be proud and excited to work for. By showcasing the company before presenting the jobs, you tend to attract motivated workers you may not otherwise reach with a job board,” says Robert Drblik, CEO of Work for Your World.
Employers wanting to list their company on the map have two options. The no-cost option is a basic listing that includes your company name and a link to your website. Companies who wish to have higher visibility on the map and list their open job roles can opt for Premium Pins for their locations. The Premium Pin option helps employers that are actively hiring to stand out from their competition on the map.