Quality affected as construction sector adjusts to headwinds

A shortage of manpower has resulted in a doubling of wages and delays in project timelines. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

SINGAPORE - Construction industry veteran Ong Pang Aik cannot remember a time when the sector faced as many headwinds as it does now.

Soaring material costs, severe staff shortages and rocketing wage bills are putting the industry under unprecedented pressure.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and straitstimes.com

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.