Skilled labour look to get better paid in other job areas than on building sites
No one can refute this statement: when all is said and done, more is said than done. However, if the starting point of eco-friendly buildings is trying out an idea by doing, then we can confidently state that we are saying what we have been doing. Despite such practical experiences, everyone cannot replicate what has been done in one place at one time.
Not only the new ideas, even conventional construction is suffering today from the challenges of implementing the ideas. Skilled labour for either type is in short supply, with majority of younger population shifting to sales, driving, office jobs, restaurants and others. With much lesser hard work and toiling outdoor, they are able to earn equal or greater salary than on building sites. Working with natural materials, proper carpentry, un-plastered walls, filler slabs, hollow core walls and such others demand both expertise and interest. Also, with a new work culture coming to stay in cities, clients and architects are increasingly demanding quality construction from the full team at site. Many labourers try to avoid such responsibilities, quitting the field all together. Unlike the formal sector, construction industry is mainly dependant on daily wages, often calculated for a week. So the labourers tend to work for as many days as they wish to earn the basic income and take leave rather frequently.
Satya Prakash Varanashi