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Migrants, not technology, to ease Sri Lanka construction labour shortage

Mar 26, 2019 16:48 PM GMT+0530 | 2 Comment(s)

ECONOMYNEXT – Labour shortages in Sri Lanka’s construction sector are more likely to be overcome by incoming migrant workers rather than technology adoption, a new study by the International Labour Organization has said.

Most advanced construction technologies require a high rate of investment, but despite the rapid growth of the sector globally, technology adoption by Sri Lankan firms has been slow on the uptake, it said.

This was mainly due to high costs and complexity in implementation, said the report on future of work in Sri Lanka, done for the ILO by India’s Tandem Research.

“While construction technologies could potentially address the sector's labour shortage in Sri Lanka, low awareness of technological possibilities among the construction industry has slowed the uptake of modern construction methods,” it said.

“The lack of regulation of inward labour migration makes it much easier for construction companies to rely on investment on low-skilled labour by foreign workers, instead of investing in technology.”

(COLOMBO, March 26, 2019-SB)



  1. RMB Senanayake March 29, 07:01 AM

    We must ensure that contract labor does not settle down here. Let us even forego development rather than create problems about the ethnic cum religious composition of the people.

  2. RMB Senanayake March 29, 06:58 AM

    Let us be careful of migrant labor for it will bring about sociological problems which may be detrimental to us. Let us as far as possible go for technology driven work even if it costs more.

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