There is a salary of 50 thousand TL, but there are no employees. The generation between the ages of 18 and 25 does not prefer this sector.

There is a salary of 50 thousand TL, but there are no employees. The generation between the ages of 18 and 25 does not prefer this sector.


While the shortage of qualified personnel in the construction sector is growing day by day, Torbalı Chamber of Commerce President Abdulvahap Olgun said that the monthly wages of workers exceed 50 thousand TL and there is a personnel shortage in the sector.

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The earthquake disaster that occurred on February 6, 2023 increased the problem of finding personnel due to the rapid start of housing construction in the region.

It was learned that the daily wage of qualified workers working in the construction sector in İzmir Torbalı reached 2 thousand TL. Especially in the face of this high demand; There is a shortage of masters and assistants in areas that require expertise such as plaster, iron, mould, paint and construction masters.

Personnel shortage in the construction sector negatively affects employers in the sector by making it difficult to complete projects on time and keep costs under control. While young people’s lack of interest in the construction industry further deepens the problem, this may lead to a serious decrease in the supply of qualified labor in the future.

“The generation between the ages of 18 and 25 does not prefer this sector”

Emphasizing that there are difficulties in the field of workforce as well as cost increases in the construction sector, Torbalı Chamber of Commerce President Abdulvahap Olgun said, “In Torbalı, one of the districts that produce the most housing in Izmir, the problem of personnel to work in the construction sector has begun to arise. There is a shortage of personnel in professions that require skill such as moulding, plastering and iron. Most of the existing workers shifted to construction sites in the earthquake zone. Let alone qualified personnel, even unskilled personnel in the sector have fallen into the black market. A new workforce did not replace them, and open positions grew. When construction is mentioned to our young people, they look at it with fearful eyes. “The generation between the ages of 18 and 25 does not prefer this sector,” he said.

“The average monthly salaries of workers exceed 50 thousand liras”

Olgun said, “According to TÜİK data, the construction sector material index increased by 52 percent and the labor index increased by 113.47 percent on an annual basis. Workers’ salaries continue to rise, as do material costs. The average monthly salaries of workers exceed 50 thousand lira. Daily wages vary between 1,500 and 2,000 liras, reaching 60-70 thousand liras per month, including overtime. “The salaries of plasterers, blacksmiths and moulders are higher than the salaries of white-collar workers.”
Emphasizing that the lack of qualified personnel makes it difficult to complete projects on time and meet quality standards, Olgun said, “There has been a decrease in housing sales in Torbalı since 2020. 6 thousand 890 houses were sold in 2020 and 5 thousand 390 houses were sold in 2023. There is a decrease of 21.77 percent. Contractors cannot find personnel to work in construction. 10 people are trying to do the job of 20 people. Construction works cannot be completed on time. “This situation causes great problems for both our contractors and our citizens,” he said.

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