Measurement of Construction Productivity: State of the Practice in the UK

Asitha Rathnayake, Danny Murguia, Campbell Middleton

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Productivity indicates how efficiently resources are utilized to deliver outputs. Studies show that the UK's construction productivity lags behind similar European countries and the USA. This paper aims to uncover the underlying reasons by examining the industry's approach to measuring productivity. Our findings stem from semi-structured interviews with 29 industry practitioners and the observations of productivity measurement technologies on three projects. Production rate (output per unit of time) emerges as the most common productivity metric in projects, assessed on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis for decision-making. We also identified several issues in this area. Firstly, the industry tends to prioritize activity outputs over their interdependencies, influenced by earned value management thinking. Secondly, labor productivity (output per worker-hour) is not measured often due to reduced incentives and contractors passing productivity risks onto subcontractors. Lastly, inconsistencies in metrics and data collection limitations hinder the development of company-wide performance measurement frameworks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContracting, Delivery, Scheduling, Estimating, Economics, and Organizational Management and Planning in Construction
EditorsJennifer S. Shane, Katherine M. Madson, Yunjeong Mo, Cristina Poleacovschi, Roy E. Sturgill
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780784485286
StatePublished - 2024
Externally publishedYes
EventConstruction Research Congress 2024, CRC 2024 - Des Moines, United States
Duration: 20 Mar 202423 Mar 2024

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2024, CRC 2024


ConferenceConstruction Research Congress 2024, CRC 2024
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDes Moines


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