MCLEAN, VA. — Diminished staff resources are here to stay, according to one of the key trends of the CMAA/FMI 2010 Survey of Owners. More than half of the construction owners reported dramatically cutting their headcount in the last two years, with 20 percent planning to hire in 2010 and 22 percent planning to hire in 2011; however, 28 percent expect never to hire again.

The 15-page survey report provides insight from more than 300 owners across a wide range of markets and regions. In addition to staffing changes and hiring restrictions, owners comment on the impacts that the recent economic stress has had on document and service quality; collaboration and degree of integration; lean construction techniques; and project delivery systems.

Results of the survey were first revealed during a panel discussion of key owners on Monday, Oct. 4 during CMAA’s National Conference & Trade Show in San Diego. The full report now is available online. An archive of past owners surveys is available here.