11 Jan '12, 9pm

'Bold steps' needed to rebrand construction sector - TODAYonline

SINGAPORE - At a time when Singapore is ramping up the construction of public housing, it is facing a looming crunch in the local construction workforce. Based on a 2010 manpower survey by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), only 12 per cent of the local workforce are below the age of 30, and almost half are above 45 years old, said Minister of State for National Development Tan Chuan-Jin yesterday. He added that about 12,000 of these ageing locals will retire over the next 10 to 15 years, and half of them are at the technical, supervisory and foremen levels, with the remainder at the tradesmen level. Speaking at a joint seminar organised by the BCA and Real Estate Developers' Association of Singapore, Mr Tan called on the industry to take "bold steps to start reshaping the construction industry fundamentally and, through these efforts, enhance the industry's im...

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