LITTLETON, Colo., March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Employment opportunities are up for member firms of the InsideIQ™ Building Automation Alliance, an international alliance of independent building automation contractors, who anticipate a five percent increase in personnel for 2013. Most InsideIQ members are experiencing signs of an improved commercial real estate and construction market that is leading to a shortage of qualified staff in technical, engineering and administrative fields. Comprised of 48 independent commercial building and facility automation companies, InsideIQ members already have more than 4,200 employees.
"I speak with leaders at Alliance firms on a regular basis and I consistently hear that they are looking for talented people to service customers and provide administrative or sales support for their companies," said Mark Balent, president of InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance. "Building owners are starting to invest in their properties, new schools and hospitals are going up, and other commercial construction activities are increasing, so our members are looking for talent to meet that demand. In fact, some InsideIQ companies may even grow by more than five percent this year."
A five percent employment increase for InsideIQ member firms is consistent with the growth predictions for the construction industry in 2013 published in McGraw-Hill Construction's Dodge Outlook Report, a mainstay in construction industry forecasting and business planning. The latest report predicts that total U.S. construction starts for 2013 will rise 6 percent to $483.7 billion, slightly higher than the 5 percent increase estimated for 2012.
InsideIQ members seek employees in a variety of fields, including building automation professionals and field and network technicians for security and CCTV integration.
According to Balent, InsideIQ members are leading local building automation, energy services and security system integrators. "Our members are large enough to offer challenging work, a solid career path and good benefits," he said. "But they are small enough to be agile and responsive to client needs, so employees can be customer-focused, not product-focused as they would be if they work for a manufacturer. It makes a big difference for all our employees and we think that gives us an edge."
SOURCE InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance