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BEYOND COVID-19: RECASTING CONSTRUCTION

Downtime pushing builders to take strides in innovation, productivity

Construction firms are turning to tech to mitigate cost hikes caused by the manpower crunch and safe management rules

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A building site that had to stop work during the circuit breaker period. The availability of relatively cheap foreign labour is a disincentive for builders to invest in less labour-intensive methods, says KPMG's Mr Ramamurthy.

Singapore

THE ongoing pandemic has brought into sharp focus the need for the construction industry to raise productivity, a long-time bugbear that has become more pertinent as a result of the manpower crunch, project delays and tougher safety rules brought by the Covid-19 crisis.

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