Most contractors recognize that good benefits are important in attracting and keeping good employees. The trick is finding a package that's affordable, even during tough times. It's especially difficult for small contractors who are competing for employees with larger companies that may offer extensive benefits programs. Benefits for construction workers are a fairly recent phenomenon. In fact, many companies still have no benefits, especially for their field crews. Based on a survey of about 500 remodeling contractors of various sizes conducted by the National Association of Home Builders' Remodelors Council, about 80% provide some form of health benefits to their management while about 70% extend these benefits to their crews. About 36% offer some allowance