The changing construction labour market: A case of Hong Kong

James M.w. Wong, Ping Chuen Chan, Y. H. Chiangn

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Manpower is the most valuable asset in the construction industry. Based on an examination of literature, selected key data sources, and views from 29 key informants, this paper addresses the important labour resource context related to the construction industry in the case of Hong Kong. These include the trends of the critical indicators of the labour market in construction and the implications of the changing markets and technology on the future pattern of skill requirements, and the government policies on construction personnel. The findings are of immense importance to anyone involved in the construction industry, particularly training organizations and policy makers in their mission to maintain a skilled, competitive and adequate workforce able to meet the future demands of the industry. The changing labour market trends and skill requirements pose challenges for construction personnel in terms of upgrading their skills. Further research is recommended to construct robust models predicting the occupational trends in labour resources for effective manpower planning and to establish a labour market information system which could lead to capturing periodic labour market signals with a view to assisting the process of policy making on various human resource development aspects of construction workforce in Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Engineering, Design and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2006


  • Construction industry
  • Hong Kong
  • Human resources
  • Labour market

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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