Effect of Skills Shortage on Sustainable Construction

  • Ayodeji Oke
  • Clinton Aigbavboa
  • Tshinakaho Khangale
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 600)


The desire for sustainable construction has been on the increase and one of the identified challenges is the adequacy of skilled workforce to understand and execute projects in line with sustainable goals. This study examines the general effects of skill shortages in the construction industry with a view to improving the delivery of construction projects. Variables from reviewed literature materials were examined using closed-ended questionnaires administered on professionals and artisans in the industry. Shortage of project managers has the most effect on sustainable construction while the general effects of skill shortages are cost increase, time overrun, decrease quality, high accidents rate and more rework, which are related to the three elements of sustainable development, that is, economic, social and environment. Agencies shouldered with the responsibilities of managing and regulating skilled workforce in the construction industry will find this study useful in their quest for delivery of sustainable construction projects.


Development Education Incentive Skill development Training 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ayodeji Oke
    • 1
  • Clinton Aigbavboa
    • 1
  • Tshinakaho Khangale
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Construction Management and Quantity SurveyingUniversity of JohannesburgDoornfonteinSouth Africa

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