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Title: Age-performance consideration in the recruitment of tradespeople in Nigerian construction industry
Authors: Aka, Adefemi
Bello, Abdulkabir Opeyemi
Bamgbade, Adebisi Abosede
Bilau, Abdulquadri Ade
Keywords: Age, Performance, Recruitment, Retrenchment, Tradespeople Paper type Research paper
Issue Date: 3-Sep-2022
Publisher: Emerald
Citation: Adefemi Aka, Abdulkabir Opeyemi Bello, Adebisi Abosede Bamgbade and Abdulquadri Ade Bilau (2022). Age-performance Consideration in the Recruitment of Tradespeople in Nigerian Construction Industry. Engineering Construction and Architectural Management.
Series/Report no.: doi/10.1108/ECAM-05-2022-0430;doi/10.1108/ECAM-05-2022-0430/
Abstract: Purpose – Age is one of the critical factors used by many organizations to determine employees’ performance. It is being considered in the retirement process of construction professionals. However, age as a critical factor is not considered in the recruitment of a specific set of workers in the construction industry. Therefore, this study investigated the significant relationship between the ages of tradespeople and their performance in construction projects. The study also explored the age at which performance begins to decline and proposes strategies that can be used to sustain their effectiveness before the official retirement age. Design/methodology/approach – Mixed methods research designs were adopted in the study. To be precise, physical observations, interviews and questionnaires were the instruments used for data collection in the mixed methods research design. Findings – The outcomes of the study revealed that the age groups of tradespeople in the Nigerian construction industry are 16–30 (group one), 31–45 (group two) and 46–58 (group three) respectively. Group three is the prevalent age group. It was also discovered that performance begins to decline at 53 years. The age-performance decline of tradespeople in Nigerian construction projects can be delayed through certain strategies such as regular strength training exercises and an adequate nutritional lifestyle. Research limitations/implications – The study enables construction managers to have an adequate understanding of the negative influence of old age on the performance of tradespeople in construction projects. This will enable construction firm managers to recruit from the age range of 16–52 and stop retiring employees within this age bracket, consequently curbing the skills gap which is prevalent in the study context and the global construction industry. The study is limited to tradespeople performance in construction firms in Abuja, Nigeria where there are several ongoing projects on a daily basis. Practical implications – The study enables project managers to estimate the number of tradespeople required for a particular task and consequently save the aged tradespeople from health risks associated with excessive workloads. Originality/value – This paper is the first of its kind to be conducted in the study context, to establish the specific age at which performance begins to decline among construction tradespeople
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