BENCHMARKING THE LABOUR PRODUCTIVITY OF BLOCKLAYING IN EBONYI STATE OF NIGERIA

Author: Ude Agama Uka
Department: Building
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka

The aim and purpose of this research is to benchmark block laying labour productivity in Ebonyi State, this is because there is lack of benchmark standard for block laying labour productivity in the state. The research was conducted by measuring block work labour productivity from selected site in the State, using a consistent bench mark approach. The main data employed in this work were primary data (obtained from interview, questionnaire, observation and daily records of workers activities on nine project sites under investigation, and secondary data extracted from books, journals, internet). Data collected were analyzed using (1) simple percentage and (2) adopting the model of Thomas and Zarvisk (known as the theoretical model for international bench marking of labour productivity). The research findings based on the nine investigated projects shows that the baseline productivity of block laying work in Ebonyi State ranges from 0.40 to 0.52 work-hours per square meter (7-8 meters per day). The finding also reveal that factors such as Age, skill, experience, complexity of work, weather/climate, equipment/technology, supervision, Management, to mention but a few affect block laying productivity in the State. The study concludes that; an average block layer in Ebonyi State can lay between 7-8 meter square of block work per day. The study therefore, recommends that 8 square meter of block work per day be adopted by the Government as a standard benchmark in Ebonyi State and by extension to other parts of Nigeria.

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