A few observations about the new 'normal' in our industry:
The best of the best have jobs and have work
No one has a backlog that provides the confidence to hire additional staff
Very few anticipate anything but prolonged tough times - another year or two at best
With the above assumptions/conditions work is being hoarded and protected in ways I have not seen before. Construction schedules and timelines are difficult to meet in this scenario.
I spoke with a construction business manager who recently laid off nearly a dozen employees because he had work lined up to take him to next March if he he kept everyone or to November with the lay-offs. He believes this is an essential survival move.