Show simple item record Manoharan, K Dissanayake, P Pathirana, C Deegahawature, D Silva, R 2021-08-05T05:14:22Z 2021-08-05T05:14:22Z 2021-07
dc.description.abstract Construction significantly influences a country’s economy. The labour efforts are the lifeblood of construction operations. The construction industry has been facing many challenges due to skill shortages in many countries. This study aimed to compare the work-related skills of Sri Lankan labour against foreign labour forces. A qualitative study methodology was adopted through literature reviews and expert interviews to identify the labour skills which influence the productivity of construction operations. The interviews were conducted in two categories. The first category focused on identifying significant labour skills, the second category was conducted to compare the labour skills between Sri Lankan and foreign labour. Chinese, Indian, Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Saudi Arabian, Malaysian and Korean labour forces were considered in the pair-wise comparison process. Statement categories and codes were developed to perform this qualitative comparison. The overall results show the need of developing cognitive and self-management skills of Sri Lankan labourers, where the transferable skills are not much important. The study pointed up the importance of developing technical skills of Sri Lankan labour in concreting, bar bending, plastering, tiling, welding, electrical work and equipment handling, to reach the levels of leading foreign labour forces. Labourers’ commitment, punctuality, participation, self-motivation and problem solving were the significant self-management skills in this regard. Kappa statistics resulted in the inter-rater reliability of these findings at a substantial level. The study outcomes can be helpful for the skills development authorities to take actions for filling the skills gap, and also for some foreign construction sectors in similar scenarios en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Construction industry; Labour skills; Performance; Productivity; Sri Lanka. en_US
dc.title Comparison of skills between Sri Lankan and foreign construction labour en_US
dc.type Conference-Abstract en_US
dc.identifier.faculty Architecture en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of Building Economics en_US
dc.identifier.year 2021 en_US
dc.identifier.conference World Construction Symposium - 2021 en_US Sri Lanka en_US
dc.identifier.pgnos 208-220 en_US
dc.identifier.proceeding 9th World Construction Symposium - 2021 en_US en_US en_US en_US en_US en_US
dc.identifier.doi en_US

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