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Cheetham, D W (1982) Labour management practices on construction sites and some of their consequences. Construction Papers, 1(03), 37–53.
- Type: Journal Article
- Keywords: labour; management; construction site; site operation
Contractors' methods of obtaining work and the consequent employment pattern for operatives are described. Declared employment policies are contrasted with the actual practices observed on sites. It is suggested that the measures labour turnover and labour stability, which originated in the manufacturing industry, are both inadequate and inappropriate for construction sites. Data gathered on sites are reported and a method is devised for distinguishing changes in numbers employed which result because of changes in the nature and quantity of work from changes occurring for other reasons. Operatives' employment experiences are reported and their reasons for job changing discussed.