Analysis of Two Human Rescource Management Papers

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Kappia, J. G., Dainty, A. R., & Price, A. D. (2007). Prioritising career development in relation to recruitment and retention: a trade and craft perspective. Construction Management and Economics, 25(3), 239-253. This research paper looks at the ongoing problem on construction skill shortage in the UK and that recruiting and retaining skilled workers is becoming difficult. It has been stated through a survey that trade and craft workers would like to progress their careers beyond their chosen speciality but are unable to due to poor career development pathways. It is suggested if this issue is not address that the construction industry will fail to address the skills shortage and will not be able to attract and retain the skilled labour they need. This researchers mentions that there are three factors putting pressure on the construction sector, the current construction boom, the lack of trainees finishing their qualification and a large population of the trade and craft skills work outside the construction sector. If these problems are not addressed it could significantly affect the construction sectors ability to meet the growing demands. It also mentions the need for career development as a means of overcoming the problem of recruiting and retaining employees but very little is known or understood about craft career aspirations and what current opportunities are available to them. This research paper aims to bridge this knowledge gap by understanding what craft and trade workers want and aspire from a job within in the construction sector and aligning this to what is available and what needs to change/be implemented in order to both recruit and retaining craft and trader workers within the industry. This researcher has cl... ... middle of paper ... .... Y. and Lee, S. Y. 2012. Careers development in construction firms: application of Sun Tzu’s Art of War principles. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 19 (2), pp. 173--191. Lockyer, C. and Scholarios, D. 2007. The “rain dance” of selection in construction: rationality as ritual and the logic of informality. Personnel Review, 36 (4), pp. 528--548. Raiden, A. B. and Dainty, A. R. 2006. Human resource development in construction organisations: An example of a “chaordic” learning organisation?. Learning Organization, The, 13 (1), pp. 63--79. Sedighi, F. and Loosemore, M. 2012. Employer-of-choice characteristics in the construction industry. Construction Management and Economics, 30 (11), pp. 941--950. Threlfall, K. D. 1999. Using focus groups as a consumer research tool. Journal of Marketing Practice: Applied Marketing Science, 5 (4), pp. 102--105.

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