BSRIA survey results show that the construction industry remains woefully underproductive, despite a decade of efficiency efforts.
Glenn Hawkins, head of project improvement at BSRIA unveiled the findings at the Building Services Summit, held at Wembley on October 24
He said that although the situation had improved in the last ten years, more than half of the average working day on site was wasted.
“In 1997,” said Mr Hawkins, “40 per cent of the average working day on construction sites was lost due to delay, with a further 25 per cent lost due to low productivity relating to the way tasks were carried out.”
“In 2007, this had improved to 35 per cent lost to delay and 16 per cent lost to low productivity.”
“Ten years later and still more than half of the average working day is wasted. This translates into 15 per cent of construction’s costs.”
Mr Hawkins claimed that the problem was not a skills shortage in the way it is popularly believed.
“It has nothing to do with the number of people in the industry, it is the level of skill possessed by the current workforce. This isn’t just technical skills, but also organisational and behavioural aspects such as preparation, assuming personal responsibility, and making constructive feedback. If these don’t improve, any technical improvements will be lost,” he said.