Construction Workers For Hire: Applicants You Can Expect

Posted on: 3 May 2017

Whether you are a homeowner who needs a little extra help or a construction contractor who needs a few more workers for the season, placing an ad for "construction workers for hire" will undoubtedly draw a lot of applicants. You may be swamped with several applications to help you with the work. What can you expect in the pile of applicants? Probably a little of all of the following.


Subcontractors generally run their own business, but they are looking for more work. As such, they apply for temporary work under other contractors, or they work for DIY homeowners who need extra help with certain tasks the homeowners cannot do themselves. The subcontractors may be general contractors or contractors who do very specific jobs, such as plumbing, electrical, or concrete work.

Laid-off Workers

Construction workers that have been laid off from another construction contractor are always looking for more work, even if it is temporary. They may not be very particular about what they do, how much they get paid, etc., so long as they have work. However, they may not be around for the duration of the entire project if they expect to be invited back to work by the contractor that laid them off. Still, they may be a useful resource to consider in the meantime.

Migrant Workers

Migrant workers are more than farmers. They often include men (and very rarely, women) who are willing to do very specific jobs in a short amount of time. They have had the most basic of training, so they may be limited to just the projects for which they have been trained. However, they do work cheaply and they are willing to work from sun up to sun down if you need them to.

The Unemployed

Unemployed people come out of the woodwork during a recession to work anything and everything they can. Some may have some real construction skills. Others will have no knowledge or construction skills at all. You could hire these people, but you will have to screen them very carefully. If you are a homeowner and not a construction contractor, it may be best to drop most of these applicants from the pile because you cannot provide the necessary training needed for them to complete the job you want them to do. As a construction contractor, you can train these workers, but with most of them, you would have to start from scratch.

For help finding construction workers for hire, contact a company like Labor Works.