Manager reported that there was a shortage of up to half a million foreign migrant workers in the construction industry.
The lack of manpower is forcing projects to slow down or stop altogether and having a knock-on effect in other investment in other industries.
The slowdown began in the first stages of the pandemic last year and has continued ever since.
In the first quarter of this year 100,000 workers a month on average were not renewing work permits and going home.
Now unable to come back it is feared that even though construction sites are now allowed to open again following enforced closures at the start of this year’s spike in infections there will be a shortfall in the labor force of 300,000 to 500,000 workers.
The media said that the lack of manpower in particular – in an industry heavily reliant on foreign workers – was adding to the crisis in the sector.
Source: Manager & Aseannow.com