HP survey: Tech is the answer to solving ‘productivity problem’
23 October 2023
A recent survey from HP has revealed that technology could solve the construction industry’s ‘productivity issue’.
The ‘State of Construction Productivity’ canvassed the opinions of construction workers and decision makers from the US, UK, and Germany and found that 60% of the respondents believe that there have been little changes in the construction industry’s techniques and processes in the last 20-30 years.
Nearly two-thirds (62%) of people believe that the construction industry has a productivity problem, while fewer than 1% thought otherwise.
Interestingly, 71% of those who responded believe that technology is key to boosting productivity.
Over the past two decades, while labour productivity in the manufacturing industry has increased by an average of 3.6% a year, productivity in construction has only risen by 1%.
“There is a clear acceptance within the industry that a problem exists, with less than 1% of workers believing the sector has no issue with productivity,” says Xavi Juarez, Director of HP Construction Services.
“For survey respondents to have seen little improvement in productivity across their careers is remarkable, considering the advances in technology during this time.
“A greater focus on harnessing tech and automating certain tasks is surely key to helping construction meaningfully improve productivity levels.”
The survey found that 75% of all respondents have seen no such technology deployed on-site over the past year with 79% of respondants estimating that less than a fifth of the annual budget was invested in on-site tech. A total of 25% said that their employer is not open to new technology.
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