Skilled workers hard to replace despite technology advances in S’pore’s construction sector – 23 May 2021

Electricians have any number of high-tech tools at their disposal these days such as laser measurement devices but the whizzy gadgets still cannot replace skilled tradesmen. No matter how advanced equipment gets, most still require a trained operator and many of these roles are filled by migrant workers.

Some industry players estimate that the pandemic has brought technology adoption forward by around five years but applying these advances to relieve manpower shortages is not as straightforward. Take prefabrication technology that allows structures to be made in a manufacturing facility before being assembled on site.