Labour productivity in the New Zealand construction industry: a thorough investigation

Tran, Van and Tookey, John (2011) Labour productivity in the New Zealand construction industry: a thorough investigation. Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 11 1: 41-60.

Attached Files (Some files may be inaccessible until you login with your UQ eSpace credentials)
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads
UQ317015_OA.pdf Full text (open access) application/pdf 1.32MB 290
Author Tran, Van
Tookey, John
Title Labour productivity in the New Zealand construction industry: a thorough investigation
Journal name Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1835-6354
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 11
Issue 1
Start page 41
End page 60
Total pages 20
Place of publication Deakin West, ACT, Australia
Publisher Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Productivity growth is strongly correlated to economic growth and increases in welfare. This fact also holds true at the industry level and is particularly true in the NZ construction industry, since productivity growth in this sector may have significant effects on the affordability of housing in the country. In recent years construction in NZ has been subjected to a series of reports that have either highlighted ‘failure’ to grow productivity or have exhorted the industry to improve its ‘poor performance’. However thus far little by way of analysis has gone into the productivity figures that have been quoted, nor has much been done to explain and justify if or why these figures are correct or incorrect.

This research seeks to deconstruct construction productivity figures in NZ and explain the patterns over recent years of ‘poor performance’ in comparison with other industries. As such it will examine the nature of the NZ construction industry and analyse the historic statistics related to its labour productivity. This will provide an overall understanding of the sector as well as those extraneous factors that may have significant influences on the NZ construction sector.

The research found that while factors influencing inputs of labour productivity measure such as labour and material costs remained stable, factors impacting the corresponding outputs such as house and land prices, value of work in Non-residential and Infrastructure construction grew significantly between 1997 and 2007. Given the positive skewing effect of standard economic indicators (inflation etc) on construction labour productivity figures, the relatively poor performance of construction is worrying for the industry. The paper concludes by demonstrating labour productivity in construction is significantly worse performing than previously suspected.
Keyword Construction
Industry performance
Labour productivity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Publications
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: Scopus Citation Count Cited 0 times in Scopus Article
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Thu, 28 Nov 2013, 03:32:54 EST by System User on behalf of School of Information Technol and Elec Engineering