Historic Trades Labor Analysis


The Campaign for Historic Trades is seeking proposals from consultants with demonstrated expertise in economic and/or labor studies and statistical analysis. Knowledge of and fluency in construction and historic trades is preferred. 

1.1 Background

Construction accounts for significant portions of the US labor market and economy. In 2019, it accounted for 4% of the labor market with over 7 million jobs, with projected increases in the next decade. While ample data exists for the construction industry as a whole, specific and consistent labor market statistics do not exist for historic trades.   

Historic trades are a subset of construction and maintenance. Historic tradespeople encompass a broad range of skills and specialties. The commonality is they maintain, preserve, restore, rehabilitate, and reconstruct historic structures. New construction techniques differ from historic construction. Therefore, training skilled craftspeople in modern construction does not necessarily train them for historic structures. The lack of labor market data makes the assessment of training needs nearly impossible to ascertain. 

The Campaign for Historic Trades seeks to identify and resolve systemic barriers to historic trades training. This study will support this initiative by isolating labor data to use in advocacy work and support the creation of historic trades apprenticeships.  

1.2 Description

This study isolates historic trades statistics from construction workforce labor data. The goals of this analysis are to: 

There are inherent limitations in this study. Many buildings are historic but not listed on the National Register for Historic Places (NRHP). Preservation and maintenance work happens regularly without documentation of the labor, money, and materials, often via a lack of understanding of historic structures; work done by handymen, Do-It-Yourselfers, and home flippers; and under the table work, among other reasons. Therefore, it is important to acknowledge and assert that this study only represents a portion of the historic trades sector.  

The report should be complete by November 30, 2021. This date is negotiable based on the consultant’s proposed scope of work.


The contractor shall provide the following services: 

2.1 Consultant will work with all project partners, agency representatives, and funders to ensure that the work is conducted appropriately and meets all requirements of this RFP. All deliverables will be prepared in consultation with the Campaign for Historic Trades and the Historic Preservation Training Center. 

2.2 Compile relevant data to form a comprehensive analysis that meets the goals of this study. The consultant will coordinate with the Campaign to determine appropriate metrics and data points to accomplish this. This should include but not be limited to: 

2.3 Extrapolate and analyze the data to find historic trades’ impact on construction and maintenance sector labor and economics. Compose an analysis report of findings. This report will be publicly published and utilized by different entities across the country. 

2.4 Final reports must include: 


All submitted proposals shall be complete and prepared in a straightforward and concise manner, including: 


4.1 Proposals submitted must be received by 11:59PM EST, on August 31, 2021. Proposals that arrive after this date and time will not be considered. Notification of final selection and award of the project will occur by email on or about September 14, 2021

4.2 Proposals for this RFP must be submitted as a PDF electronically to: info@historictrades.org

4.3 Any questions regarding this RFP are to be directed to: info@historictrades.org. No calls, please.