Journal article

Drivers and barriers for multiskilling workers in the Singapore construction industry

Gao Shang, Low Sui Pheng, Wee Jia Hui

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

Construction in Singapore has always been perceived as a low productivity sector, given the slow labour productivity growth. To address the issue, the Singapore government introduced the Multiskilling Scheme (MS) in 2012, aiming to develop competent workers who are versatile in multiple skillsets. This study attempts to assess the extent of adoption of the MS in Singapore’s construction industry by recognizing the benefits, drivers, and barriers of multiskilling workers. This study has a two-phased research design consisting of a survey and interviews with industry employers and government. The empirical findings indicate the strong influence of regulatory impetus towards adoption of the MS,..

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