Over 11,000 apartment jobs were available during July, representing 39 percent of the broader real estate sector, according to the National Apartment Association’s (NAA) monthly jobs report for the multifamily industry.
Days to fill for the top markets ranged from 34.3 in Columbus, Ohio to 41.7 in Baltimore.
This month’s edition spotlights maintenance technicians and focuses on the location quotient which measures the concentration of a particular position in one metro area relative to the nation.
Demand for maintenance techs was more than three times the U.S. average in the Phoenix, Seattle and Denver markets.
The jobs report focuses on jobs that are being advertised in the apartment industry as being available, according to Paula Munger, Director, Industry Research and Analysis, for the National Apartment Association’s Education Institute.
Apartment jobs for maintenance and writing skills in demand
Maintenance jobs continue to be one of the hardest areas to fill in the apartment jobs area.
“That really fits in with everything our members tell us,” Munger said. “It is just one of the hardest positions to fill. There tends to be a lot of turnover. I think there is a lot of churn. There’s maintenance workers going from one company to another.”
Apartment maintenance jobs are not entry level “but it’s a position that doesn’t require an advanced degree either,” she said. “Just the simple fact that there are a lot more apartment residents out there, with a lot more maintenance needs.
“I did find that interesting too, that some postings were down but maintenance was up. It’s clearly in high demand,” she said.
The other interesting thing that’s happening, she has said, is the maintenance tech is interacting more and more with the residents without having the property manager as a go between or middle person.
“There are different types communications required across all these generations. I think you are seeing that playing out in these job postings,” she said
The report also looks at the top baseline skills most important in 2018 and the impact of technology shows up in the requirements now for the baseline skills.
Why an NAA monthly jobs report?
“Our education institute is a credentialing body for the apartment industry. They hear often that one of the biggest problems keeping our industry leaders up at night is the difficulty in finding talent, attracting talent and retaining talent,” Munger said. “Labor-market issues are happening in a lot of industries, certainly with the tight labor market we have.”
That is why NAA decided to partner with Burning Glass Technologies. “They have a labor-job posting database that is proprietary,” she said, and they can “layer on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). We looked at that and thought we could do something that is really going to help the industry and help benchmark job titles and trends as we go forward.”
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