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Title: EFFECTIVENESS OF MULTI-SKILLING SCHEME IN SINGAPORE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
Authors: MELISSA YAM
Keywords: Building
PFM
Project and Facilities Management
George Ofori
2016/2017 PFM
Issue Date: 28-Dec-2016
Citation: MELISSA YAM (2016-12-28). EFFECTIVENESS OF MULTI-SKILLING SCHEME IN SINGAPORE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Singapore construction industry is highly dependent on foreign workers. In recent years, the government constantly increased the foreign worker levy (FWL) imposed on contractors as part of a concerted effort to control the influx of foreign workers into Singapore. Concurrently, the construction industry encourages the employment of higher skilled workers to increase productivity. The Building and Construction Authority introduced the multi-skilling scheme as an alternative pathway for contractors to upgrade their workers to a higher skilled status. The three primary objectives of the Multi-skilling scheme are: to upgrade workers' status from Basic Skilled R2 to Higher Skilled R1; to create a group of competent workers who can perform more than one task; and to allow employers enjoy greater flexibility in manpower deployment. This dissertation seeks to explore the effectiveness of the multi-skilling scheme and the adequateness of addressing the contractors' needs. This research included a literature review on relevant aspects such as issues faced in the construction industry, employment practices adopted by contractors and the types of governmental policies in place. Subsequently, a questionnaire-based survey was undertaken among contractors to analyse the effectiveness of the multi-skilling scheme. The study revealed that majority of the contractors who responded to the survey believe that the Multi-skilling scheme is useful to a certain extent. From the study, 73 percent of the respondents employ multi-skilled workers. However, the scheme did not solve the manpower shortage problem in the local construction industry. Several objectives were analysed to determine its effectiveness in meeting the needs of the contractors such as having to pay a lower FWL, the period of retention of workers and sourcing for skilled workers. The recommendations made in the study are targeted at both contractors and the government. Examples of the suggestions made include implementing a multi-skilled worker deployment plan and expanding of the multi-skilling scheme in order to address the issues which surfaced during the analysis of the findings in this research.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/221625
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