Skilled Trades Employment During COVID-19

As of the end of March 2020, the construction sector unemployment rate rose to 6.9% from 5.5% in February 2020. The April unemployment rate numbers come out on May 8th. The unemployment numbers should be higher through April.  How can you ensure you stay employed as a skilled trades worker through tough times?

Just like supply and demand affect the pricing of any asset, having a job and getting paid well for it depends on this same, basic economic principle.  You have to be in demand as a skilled trades worker.  So, who knows how good you are as a skilled trades worker?  For most of us, it’s only your current employer that knows.  Getting found by potential employers increases your prospects of getting paid more.

This is where TradesFactor comes in.  Unlike Indeed or other basic job boards where you have to apply to specific job postings, TradesFactor is where employers come to search our database of skilled trades workers.  Recruiters don’t want to have to post a job, wait for applicants to apply, hope that those applicants are actually qualified, and waste time screening out all the unqualified candidates. If a builder wants 15 carpenters in two weeks, they can quickly search the talent available in a given area and start hiring based on each worker’s recommendations.

The TradesFactor Recommendation is how you increase your demand as a skilled trades worker.  The more of these you get, the higher you appear in the TradesFactor search results for employers.

So, in the age of COVID-19 with rising unemployment in 2020, setting yourself apart from the rest in your trade with the TradesFactor recommendation helps build your personal demand. Start by registering at