CLMA Report Tools

Market Intelligence

Users are able to create dynamic reports and data visualization by filtering the CLMA database as desired allowing a clear understanding of labor market supply and demand risk.  In addition, the unique CLMA supply tracking data imported by Users into the Labor Manager, enables visualization and understanding of the impact of labor mobility, age attrition and supply growth on any project and/or the overall construction marketplace.  All reports produced by the CLMA are based on aggregated data and conform to strict confidentiality and anti-trust protocols.  User can save reports and share information with their internal network. The CLMA also provides macroeconomic data that enables User to analyze labor supply and demand in the context of the broader economy.  Data can be downloaded into Excel.

Market Intelligence - ARG

Advanced Report Generator (ARG) - The ARG harnesses all the data and power of the CLMA database, enabling numerous filtering options to create highly granular labor market reports. The ARG report contains detailed data for labor supply, demand, cost, and attrition, as well as project spending by industry sector and type. The platform does the work and you get a professionally formatted report within minutes, in Excel, ready to use. See screenshots in the gallery to the right. SAMPLE

Market Intelligence - BRG

Basic Report Generator (BRG) - The CLMA data and analytics are popular, but many prefer an easy, quick approach to getting it. The BRG accomplishes that and is a complementary addition to the Market Intelligence portal. The BRG harnesses all the ARG data and power, but pre-loads the most common report parameters, configurations and requests so you can quickly create a labor market report with only 3 pieces of information: (1) state or zipcode, (2) up to 5 crafts, and (3) industry sector (Industrial,Nonindustrial,all Non-Residential). When quick and simple is what’s required, the BRG is the right tool. SAMPLE

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Project Compare-to-Market

This powerful report tool enables you to analyze project labor risk overlaying your project(s) on marketplace demand and visualizing how the project will compete for specific crafts in the region, during the construction period. This enables you to identify if and when labor availability challenges will occur so you can plan an effective risk strategy. Data is also provided in tabular formats and downloadable into Excel. See screenshots in the gallery above.

Labor Market Supply

This report generator enables you to identify current Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) skilled labor supply by location and discipline (crafts, engineers, project controls). Data is also provided in tabular formats and downloadable into Excel. See screenshots in the gallery above.

Market Intelligence - GeoID

The proprietary Geographic Identifier (GeoID™) tool enables Users to visualize the number of workers coming available as project demand ramps  down. This unique feature is available at the project and/or aggregated reporting levels and enables more effective geographic allocation of limited skilled labor. This tool facilitates recruiting efforts for contractors and planning for owners. Data can be downloaded into Excel.

The 20/20 Foresight Report

The 20/20 Foresight Report is an online tool updated continuously by our highly skilled analysts and economists to help you understand the economics of construction labor market risk providing dynamic supply/demand shortage rankings (Base-to-Peak charts) by state and region for dozens of craft disciplines. Since 2012, the 20/20 Foresight Report has gained reputation as a high-value analytics tool helping construction industry stakeholders understand skilled labor market challenges in the context of the overall economy. The online report is available through the CLMA.

Prepared by our knowledgeable, skilled analysts and economists, this detailed labor market report provides macro-economic perspective regionally and nationally as well as supply/demand gap analysis for over 50 craft disciplines and up to 25 engineering and project controls disciplines. It is designed to help construction industry stakeholders better understand and respond to regional and national labor pressures from the earliest planning stage of a project through project execution and startup. The report is powered by the CLMA capital and maintenance project data and labor supply data provided by owners, contractors, unions and labor brokers; key economic data from government sources; and proprietary CLMA sources. The online 20/20 Foresight Report offers continuous, nationwide access and updates for all regions.

What do you get with this online report?

  • National and regional macroeconomic construction perspective
  • Dynamic Base-to-Peak craft shortage rankings by state and region
  • Age demographic and attrition trends over 2, 5 and 10 year horizons for craft, engineering and project controls disciplines
  • Periodic market analysis of the impact of oil/gas prices on construction
  • Full access to the Market Intelligence portal enabling dynamic regional labor market reports
  • Labor data updated dynamically, economic data updated monthly

The benefits & recommended uses for this report:

  • Project labor risk planning and mitigation strategy identification
  • Project labor cost contingency management
  • Project planning and scheduling
  • Modularization and prefabrication decision-making
  • Contracting strategy
  • Marketing strategy
  • Human resource planning
  • Industry recruitment strategies
  • Training and curriculum planning and development
Illustration of the online 20/20 Foresight Report

Pipeline & Distribution Supply vs. Demand

Uncertainty is the enemy of effective project planning, creating high risk in the marketplace. Yet, as the overall construction industry continues its rebound, numerous industry surveys and construction stakeholders are reporting that an overwhelming majority of energy/utility construction firms and their utility customers are having a hard time finding qualified craft workers. Their challenges and risks are different, but the same:

- Will workforce availability be sufficient to meet demand?
- Where do I turn for reliable business and project planning market insight?
- Will I be able to meet the schedule, stay within budget and delivering expected financial results?

What energy and utility owners and contractors see for their future depends on where they stand, but one question is consistent… Who will do the work? Forward-looking owners and contractors will see opportunity to build competitive advantage through robust market intelligence data born of industry collaboration. Backward looking firms will focus on the challenges; aging workforce, ineffective recruitment, and growing spend in trades and services they cannot offer. There are three power and energy market segments expected to create both challenges and opportunity.

Pipeline: The North American transmission market is beset by low oil prices and cancelled projects while distribution faces record demand. Long-term, this market may need 40,000 new field and supervisory entrants.

Electric: The T&D market began an upswing in 2012 and will continue with large and routine transmission projects and distribution asset replacement or undergrounding. Long-term, this market may need 50,000 new field and supervisory entrants.

Power Generation: The market is threatened and transforming which punishes and rewards industry participants through hard to predict capital construction spending patterns. With an older workforce, retirements will disrupt it while the transformation reduces the need for traditional trades (boilermakers, millwrights, ironworkers, etc.) in favor of less specialized electrical and mechanical trades.

Who will do the work? The North American energy construction market will continue to grow and transform, proving either a hobbling constraint or competitive advantage. Forward looking owners and contractors will see an opportunity to build competitive advantage through collaboration and control a scarce resource: competent and capable labor, supervisory and project management staff that can productively, safely and in compliance build utility capital assets. There is an opportunity to thrash your competition over the coming decade; be the firm that “sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Data Sources

The CLMA has an extensive non-residential project database containing nearly $5 trillion of put-in-place project data up to and more than 5 years out. The database represents hundreds of owners and millions of projects throughout the United States. The CLMA collects capital and maintenance project information directly from several key sources - owners, labor providers, Dodge Data & Analytics and/or market research by the CIR team.

Owners – The most valuable data collected by the CLMA is directly from owners who then manage the project throughout its lifecycle. This source of data ranges from very early project planning phases through projects completed.

Labor Providers – Contractors provide project information when bidding/estimating and when requested by owners. Project data provided by contractors is not added to the aggregate database unless approved by the owner or verified by the CLMA team. This protocol prevents project data duplication.

Dodge Data & Analytics – The primary source of non-industrial data in the database is Dodge Data & Analytics. This data is imported every 90 days and converted to skilled labor headcount using the PLF® and made available for aggregation along with industrial data. For about 40 years, Dodge forecasts, prepared by some of the industry’s most respected economists, have served the industry’s strategic, market planning, and analytic needs with comprehensive projections of building activity for virtually all geographies and construction categories.

CIR Team Research – To ensure completeness of data, the CLMA team is constantly scanning the construction market for projects where the owner company is not yet participating. The projects are put into the CLMA database and then, as those owners begin participating and inputting their projects, the CLMA-researched projects are moved to the owners account, or removed, to prevent project duplication.

In addition to employing supply from the U.S. Bureau of Labor (BLS), the CLMA also collects skilled labor supply data directly from contractors, unions, labor brokers and self-performing owners in order to better understand the supply of craft workers throughout the U.S.

The CLMA represents well in excess of the critical mass of industrial project data need to ensure reliable outputs. But we aren’t done, and never will be. The marketplace is dynamic and so is the CLMA. This robust database is used to produce reliable, market-based project planning data to help project planners control and avoid labor costs and challenges. Through the collaborative CLMA platform, industry stakeholders can share information as never before in a secure, anti-trust protected environment where all data is aggregated to ensure confidentiality and yet provide actionable labor market intelligence to the construction industry.

The CLMA helps you quickly and easily identify labor risk for any non-residential construction project, anywhere in the U.S., up to 5 years out, and then analyze your risk mitigation options for more effective planning. The key to this risk planning is reliable labor market intelligence. That’s the strength of the CLMA. Owners trust us with information that facilitates project-based demand projections; and labor providers trust us with information that facilitates payroll-based supply availability and attrition projections. In addition to the real-time, online data, the CLMA produces analytics and skilled labor gap analysis with macro-economic context.The CLMA tools and services are the collaborative environment where information is shared confidentially, providing high-value data to improve how labor risk is understood and projects are executed.

CLMA Project Tools

Project Manager

With a minimal amount of information, the User can enter as many non-residential (industrial, civil and commercial) capital, maintenance, turnaround and outage projects as desired regardless of the project’s phase, manage those projects, and model the projects’ craft requirements using the proprietary Project Labor Forecaster®.  All projects must be updated at least every 90 days by the User or their assigned to ensure the data remains current.  All projects are held confidentially and never revealed externally to another User or the public.  The User completely controls the project internally, including who is able view and/or edit the project.  Projects in the User’s account can be aggregated together to determine internal demand for a region or group of projects.  The User can analyze the labor risk of those projects against each other or the marketplace. Data and projects can be downloaded into Excel.

The Portfolio Manager enables the User to simultaneously upload as many projects into the Project Manager as desired a via an Excel spreadsheet. Projects can also be updated every 90 days through the same process.

Project Labor Forecaster® (PLF)

When User enters a project, the proprietary PLF® identifies the cost of labor, craft mix, schedule and peak demand periods by day, week and month based on commonly known data points about capital and maintenance projects. The PLF calculates craft requirements for a project and when those crafts will be needed. This is particularly useful for planning and risk analysis on projects in very early planning stages.  If labor demand is already known in other tools such as Primavera, that information can be imported directly into the project using the template. After the project has been entered, the User has complete control over the project and can adjust any element of the project, including wage and burden rates, labor distribution, labor curves and more.

The CLMA algorithms that are used for determining project craft requirements were built in collaboration with our cost engineers, owners and contractors, and tested against completed projects.  These algorithms cover the majority of the nonresidential construction market, but if certain algorithms are needed that are not currently in the CLMA, we will work with you to develop custom algorithms to meet that need.

PLF Industry Types: The CLMA employs the PLF which uses CIR’s proprietary algorithms designed to assist in determining project skilled labor requirements. This document outlines the numerous industrial, commercial and infrastructure industry types and algorithms used in the CLMA.

Project Cost Allocation: To assist in developing and inputting construction labor data for projects which do not yet have detailed estimates, the CLMA includes a proprietary PLF which translates project budgets into labor headcount estimates. This document shows how labor costs for a particular project are allocated when the PLF is employed.

Craft Labor Disciplines: The CLMA collects and aggregates project labor requirements and labor availability for 55 unique skilled craft disciplines, along with 24 engineering and project controls disciplines. This document outlines the discipline titles and descriptions used in the CLMA.

Project Labor Risk Analyzer

When User enters a project, the CLMA® assigns a project labor risk profile for each craft discipline and the project overall based on risk tolerances determined by the User.  The risk profile is displayed via a Green (low risk), Yellow (warning) or Red (high risk) indicator.  Clicking on the risk indicator button enables User to see the mitigation options available based on the project’s planning or construction phase.  These risk mitigation options correlate to the Construction Users Roundtable Skilled Labor Shortage Risk Mitigation white paper, which is available on the User’s dashboard.

Construction Labor Market Forecaster™

The Construction Labor Market Forecaster™ (CLMF™) tools and suite-of-services enables the User to build a customized marketplace, baseline and/or project porfolio that enables impact determination and best-case, worst-case scenarios based on which projects move forward and when. CLMF™ features include…

  • Custom portal built and branded for Customer
  • Account will have a unique Custom Account Database which replaces the CLMA database for a stipulated state or region. This will enable the User to dynamically create (on-the-fly) custom models and view custom outputs in isolation from, or in concert with the CLMA® database.
  • Create unique, custom construction labor marketplace models using internal data or the Project Labor Forecaster®. Users will be able to input projects one at a time, or an entire portfolio/market model of projects.
  • Compare marketplace models to baseline data, the actual marketplace and/or other internal projects to build market scenarios and determine skilled labor risk profiles for particular regions.
  • Build custom compensation tables to apply to projects via the Project Labor Forecaster®. Burdened BLS wage rates will be supplied by CLMA® by craft or Users will be able to import their own current wage rates by craft and region.
  • Build compensation escalation forecasts over a five year period by region. BLS wage rates will be supplied by CLMA® by craft or Users will be able to import their own current wage rates by craft and region. Currently, the escalation rates are supplied by the User based on their interpretation of macroeconomic data, or supplied by CIR as agreed to by User – future versions of the Labor Compensation Escalator will dynamically generate escalation rates based on proprietary econometric modeling.

Custom Dashboard

Customized dashboards and/or portals can be built upon request giving Users the exact information desired in a company-branded application environment.

CLMA Labor Tools

Labor Manager

User enters information about the company’s craft and professional workforce directly from payroll (no personal identity data is collected) and manage that workforce data.  Labor data must be updated at least every 90 days.  User can then visualize internal labor supply and/or marketplace supply at a high level anywhere in the U.S., and analyze labor mobility, retirement attrition, skill levels and replacement needs.  Data can be downloaded into Excel.

CLMA Labor Cost Tools

Compensation Manager

This tool enables the User to create/input their own wage and per diem tables (from their own sources) within their CLMA account and employ that wage data for project labor planning and risk analysis, rather than the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) wage data. The User is able to create wage tables by craft discipline by zip code radius, city and/or state. Complete BLS wage data and GSA per diem data is also provided to the User for 50+ craft disciplines and 25 engineering and project controls disciplines, along with multipliers to fully burden the bare rates.

Econometric Wage & Per Diem Escalation

External to the online CLMA application, CIR offers customized labor wage and per diem market analysis and escalation projections targeting specific states and/or regions.  The report and analysis provides detailed deliverables and can be customized as requested. The rtwo U.S. forecasts: a consensus trend outlook and an alternative cycle (encompassing the most prominent risk). Examples of risks include the Upside Risk –  g. Market demand spike for specific chemicals; and Downside Risk – E.g. Interest rates spike higher, leading to a recession.

State-by-state economic profiles:
  • Gross state product
  • Total employment
  • Construction employment
  • Residential building permits
  • Non-residential spending
  • Other variables
Labor Cost Escalation MethodologyLabor Cost Escalation Sample Report
Craft disciplines analyzed:
  • Boilermaker / Boilermaker Welder
  • Carpenter (Scaffold Builder)
  • Electrician
  • Insulator
  • Instrumentation Technician
  • Ironworker Reinforcing
  • Ironworker / Welder Structural
  • Millwrights
  • Operator (Heavy Crane)
  • Operator (Heavy Equipment)
  • Pipefitter / Combo Welder

The skilled trade employment and wage rate forecasts are embedded in the state-by-state models and skilled trades forecasts are generated accordingly and closely analyzed and adjusted. For the selected states, the forecast is comprised of both narrative analysis and data tables. The forecast outlines the methodology employed for the gap analysis and compensation analysis and contains an executive summary of the findings. The methodology section includes descriptions of data utilized, sources, analytical methods, and information acquired through academic and industry studies. The forecast period is up to 5 years and includes:

  • Executive Summary of the compensation study for the states and region
  • Labor Market analysis, including competition for labor, gap analysis and related construction spending for the states and region
  • Compensation Trends and Forecast (Wages & Per Diem) focused on establishing and projecting annual hourly wage and per diem escalation rates using the most current Bureau of Labor Statistics wage rates and General Services Administration per diem rates.
  • The compensation analysis approach will involve both government and private source data. The analysis and rates are for the selected skilled craft positions listed above, along with market perspective and methodology narrative, are created and presented as two dynamic scenarios – Conservative & Alternative – including two distinct forecasts, for wages and per diems. Escalation scenarios are based on econometric modeling in addition to CLMA data and/or manual inputs and adjusted for outliers and/or other custom variables.
  • The forecast will examine historic trends and combine these trends with other relevant independent variables and/or economic factors to separately produce projections of annual escalation rates for wages and per diems. Forecasting methods are clearly spelled out in the report’s narrative along with the implications of our findings.

Trend-Based Wage & Per Diem Escalation

The trend-based labor cost escalation report employs an exponential growth model to fit historical wage data and forecast future wage levels, using certain anticipated market growth assumptions within a state, region and industry. In addition to economic growth, our model recognizes and adjusts for the impact of supply and demand imbalance (CLMA analytics) on wage growth rates. Rates are displayed showing the 95th confidence interval bands for the projected future wage levels,enabling you to visualize potential rate fluctuation.

Compensation Escalator (Coming Soon)

Enables the User to manually input wage and per diem escalation rates by quarter for up to 5 years out and employ that escalated wage data on a project-by-project basis for labor planning and risk analysis. This tool will include a dynamic econometric escalation model that updates automatically as market conditions change. This will allow the User to more effectively understand the impact and risk of fluctuating market wages currently and into the foreseeable future.

CLMA Services

Skilled Labor Market Demand

These reports provide skilled labor headcount demand for up to 49 craft disciplines for 0-5 years out for the industrial, non-industrial or total non-residential labor markets. The following information is displayed over a selected time-frame by day, week, month and quarter and reflect skilled labor demand based on individual project start/end dates and total installed cost:

Example Data Types Provided:
  • Headcount demand by craft (50+ disciplines)
  • Headcount demand by engineering and project controls (25 disciplines)
  • Headcount demand by region state(s)
  • Headcount demand by region zip code radius
  • Headcount demand by project status
  • Headcount demand by industry type
  • Headcount demand by project type
  • Headcount demand by start probability
  • Headcount demand by project spending
Data Formats:
  • Online dynamic tools
  • Tabular data in Excel
  • Charts & Graphs
Delivery Timeline:

Reports are typically delivered within 2-4 business days of request depending on number of projects and regions. Expediting is available upon request.

Project Labor Risk Analysis

We work with many owners to determine the supply/demand imbalance risk for a single project or a project portfolio for a specific region and how other projects in the marketplace are affecting those regions. Stoplight indicators are placed on the entire project(s) and individual crafts to represent the likelihood of a labor shortage. Risk mitigation options are presented based upon the individual project(s) status in regards to commencement.

Data Formats:
  • Online dynamic tools
  • Tabular data in Excel
  • Charts & Graphs
Delivery Timeline:

Reports are typically delivered within 2-4 business days of request depending on number of projects and regions. Expediting is available upon request.

Project Spending & Headcount Trend Analysis

CLMA tracks and displays construction spending by state and region based on Total Installed Cost (TIC) and when the projects are put-in-place. This CLMA report will show the following:

Example Data Types Provided:
  • Headcount demand (50+ craft and 25 engineering and project controls disciplines)
  • Project Spending by region and status
  • Industry Spending by region and status
Delivery Timeline:
  • Online dynamic tools
  • Tabular data in Excel
  • Charts & Graphs
  • Custom reports
Delivery Timeline:

Reports are typically delivered within 2-4 business days of request depending on number of projects and regions. Expediting is available upon request.

Full Service Analytics & Custom Dashboards

In addition to the robust CLMA online tools and other CIR services, we work with clients in other specific ways to make sure their specific analytical needs are met. There are numerous opportunities to customize your experience and deliverables. This may range from reports branded for your company to unique project algorithm profiles to specialized research and report projects.  Most of our tools, project algorithm profiles, analytics and services can be customized and branded to your specifications. In addition, we can customize a software application solution to meet a specific need for our clients.

Additionally, we know you are busy, and in today’s construction market we find that many of the folks we work with are continually being expected to do more with less. We are here to help you and when you need assistance, we will be happy to do the work for you whenever possible.

Example Data Types Provided:
  • We build custom dashboard and report displays that are client-specific.
  • We build custom PLF algorithms that are specific to a client’s unique project.
  • We provide full-service analytics and reporting based on a client’s specific needs and timelines – with this option, we do all the work and deliver final products to the client.
Delivery Timeline:
  • Online dynamic tools
  • Tabular data in Excel
  • Charts & Graphs
  • Custom reports
Delivery Timeline:

The timeline is customized based on client’s needs and expectations.