The apartment jobs sector began 2020 by delivering a solid performance, according to the latest National Apartment Association jobs report from the National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI).
Apartment jobs postings comprised more than 41 percent of the real estate sector in January, surpassing the 2019 monthly average of 39 percent.
Top cities for job openings included Kansas City, Austin, Raleigh, Nashville, and Indianapolis.
This month’s edition spotlights the maintenance technician.
Demand for these positions was more than three times the U.S. average in Denver.
The top specialized skills employers are seeking for maintenance technicians include plumbing, repair, HVAC, carpentry, and painting.
Also, experience with Yardi Software and writing also have seen a significant increase in the percentage of jobs requiring these skills since 2014.
The apartment sector often competes with the hospitality and retail sectors for talent with similar experience and skills. Customer service, communication, and organizational skills are among the most desired skills across all three sectors. Since 2014, leasing-consultant and maintenance-supervisor positions had the greatest increase in demand, up by 1.9 percentage points.
National apartment association jobs report background
“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,” NAAEI’s Paula Munger said. “Labor-market issues are happening in a lot of industries, certainly with the tight labor market we have.”
So NAA partnered 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.”