Human resources planning strategies of the Hong Kong construction industry

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Human resources planning strategies of the Hong Kong construction industry


Author: Ho, Lai-wa
Title: Human resources planning strategies of the Hong Kong construction industry
Degree: M.B.A.
Year: 1997
Subject: Construction industry -- Personnel management -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of Management
Pages: vi, 70, [7] leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
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Abstract: Since 1987, Hong Kong Construction Industry has been facing the problem of recruiting and retention of construction staff. The main causes of this problem in 1980s were believed to be dried up source of labour supply from China due to the policy of illegal immigrants, and the lessening appeal of construction industry because of its unstable nature of construction employment and poor working life. In 1990s, although the Government permitted the importation of foreign labourers, the shortage problems still exist. Apart from the high demand due to Airport Core Projects, the causes of this problems are still unstable nature of construction employment and poor working life. The responses of construction firms in 1980s were only increasing wages of labourers, working overtime and importation of foreign workers. These tactics were obviously found not to be effective, Therefore, in 1990s, more tactics are adopted by construction firms. These tactics include intensify recruitment effort and improve image by providing a better working condition. However, all these tactics are still ineffective. Therefore, we recommend the construction firms to implement a more comprehensive tactics to tackle the problems. These tactics include using more machinery and automation to save labour, recruit and retain older workers, reduce wastage, redesign of works and job specifications, more training and retraining of the company's own staff and, finally, promote and upgrade the quality of working life within the industry to increase their appeals to young job seekers on the labour market. Since we find that large construction firms could implement more comprehensive tactics than small construction firms as they have more resources, we recommend the Government to reconsider the existing and future policy of dealing with labour shortage problems and provide assistance to small construction firms. At the same time, we recommend the Government to further step up vocational training to help construction firms to retrain their own staff so that most of their construction workers could be familiar with most of the required skills in construction sites. We believe that, under this condition, the employers could employ construction workers in permanent basis, instead of daywork basis, and they would be more willing to implement more labour welfare. Therefore, the working life of construction workers could be improved and, finally, construction industry would become appeal again.

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