Emerging disparities: Exploring the impacts of the financial crisis on the UK construction labour market

Chan, P.W. and McCabe, S. (2010) Emerging disparities: Exploring the impacts of the financial crisis on the UK construction labour market. In: 26th Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2010, 6 September 2010 through 8 September 2010, Leeds, UK.

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Abstract

Economic downturns generally disrupt the employment landscape and lead to economic restructuring. The purpose of this article is to explore how the recent financial crisis has impacted on UK construction employment. The analysis reveals a number of emerging disparities in terms of age, gender, employment status, and employment conditions. Specifically, the disparities point to increasing marginalization of youths in recruitment into the sector, resilience of women in weathering unemployment, proliferation of non-traditional forms of employment relationship and decline of working conditions. Comparisons are made with a number of European countries to illustrate how political differences can contribute to distinctions in labour market trends. Thus, questions are raised on the adequacy of the UK government's response to the financial crisis. Arguably, the perpetuation of neoliberal policies serves only to further dismantle the traditional employment relationship, replaced by more flexible labour markets that in turn threaten long-term prospects for the construction industry.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Disparities, Economic downturn, Employment trends, Labour market, Recovery strategies, Disparities, Economic downturn, Employment trends, Labour market, Recovery strategies, Construction industry, Project management, Employment
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
L100 Economics
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA19: Business and Management Studies
Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School > Dept. Management, HR and Enterprise
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2017 15:21
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2017 15:21
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2782

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