Advanced Auto Glass owners Joey and Rebecca Brown say hiring people is increasingly difficult due to the lack of skilled labor.
“The lack of skilled applicants or the lack of applicants period has become a very big problem for us,” says Rebecca Brown.
She told Twin State News that her Meridian, Mississippi, shop used to do mobile auto glass installs three days a week, but now most of the work is done in the shop because of staff shortages. The company advertises job openings and may receive 15 applications over two or three months.
“You may get three of those to answer the phone when you call to interview them,” she says. “If anybody shows up to the interview, you did well.”
The ones that do show up need more experience. “We are very fast-paced. We need somebody that can hit the ground running,” she says. “You know, it’s just frustrating.”
The shortage of skilled labor affects more than the auto glass industry. For instance, finding someone to put a new roof on their building took over a year. “In construction, we have little things that need to be done, but there’s nobody available to do it,” she says.