Loughborough University
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Loughborough University

Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering


Dr Mohamed Abdel Wahab


An examination of the relationship between skills development and productivity in the construction industry

Project Title

An Examination of the Relationship Between Skills Development and Productivity in the Construction Industry


Construction Skills (CITB)


Professor Andrew Dainty
Professor Stephen Ison

Mr Martin Arnott
Ms Sheila  Hoile

Director of Research:
Dr David Evans

Research Period

2004 - 2008

An Examination of the Relationship Between Skills Development and Productivity in the Construction Industry


The construction industry is currently experiencing a considerable skills shortage in its workforce, which is affecting its productive capacity. This requires a focused/collaborative effort from stakeholders to ensure that this problem is dealt with effectively. The ‘CITB-ConstructionSkills’ is committed to playing a key role in promoting and facilitating the training of sufficient people in the skills needed for a world-class construction industry. The research department is providing strategic intelligence and policy advice to the other business areas. This involves liaising with employers in the industry to establish current/future skill requirements, and establishing productivity improvement targets. In addition, making the business case for skills alongside productivity is essential to persuade employers to engage in training. This raises the issue of measuring productivity, as a means of understanding deficiency in skills. Then, this research aims to investigate the connection between skills and productivity in order to support future policy development.

Aims and Objectives

The specific aims and objectives of the project include:

To develop policy options for productivity in construction through:

  • Reviewing existing knowledge base to identify problem areas with regards skills in relation to productivity
  • Conducting empirical research to address existing gaps
  • Developing policy recommendations
  • Evaluating the impact of this policy

Benefits/Expected Outcomes

Informing the construction-skills policies to have a positive effect on skills and productivity, this is in the interest of all stakeholders operating in the construction industry.


Abdel-Wahab, MS. … et al. (2008). Trends of skills and productivity in the UK construction industry, Journal of Engineering, Construction, and Architecture Management (ECAM), 15(4), pp.372-382. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09699980810886865

Abdel-Wahab, MS. … et al. (2008). An exploration of the relationship between training grants and profitability of UK construction companies, International Journal of Training and Development (IJTD), 12(3), 188- 205.

Abdel-Wahab, MS. … et al. (2008). The participation of Small-to-Medium Enterprises in skills and training initiatives in the UK construction industry: implications for skills policy and construction companies, Construction Information Quarterly (CIQ), 10 (3), 116-121.


Abdel-Wahab, MS., Dainty ARJ. and Ison, SG. (2008). Insights into the overlap between Construction Skills and other Sector Skills Councils (SSCs), 24th Annual ARCOM conference, 1-3 September, University of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Wales.
Abdel-Wahab, MS, Dainty, ARJ and Ison, SG (2006) How Productive is the Construction Industry? In Boyd, D (ed) proceedings of the 22nd Annual ARCOM Conference, 4-6 September, Birmingham, UK, Vol.1, pp11-19, ISBN 0-9552390-0-1.

Abdel-Wahab, MS, Dainty, ARJ and Ison, SG (2006) A review of the relationship between skills and productivity in construction. In Proceedings of the Joint CIB W065/W055/W086 Symposium – Construction in the XXI Century: Local and Global Challenges (R Pietroforte, E DeAngelis and F Polverino (eds) Rome, 18-20 October,
pp13-13, ISBN: 88-495-1339-9.

Abdel-Wahab, MS. … et al. (2005). Productivity, Skills, Training: a problem of definition? Proceedings of the Second Scottish Conference for Postgraduate Researchers of the Built and Natural Environment, 207-215, 16th - 17th November 2005, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK. ISBN 1-903661-82-X.




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