The construction sector is one of the most complex and problematic arenas within which to manage people. As a result, the applicability of much mainstream human resource management (HRM) theory to this industry is limited. Indeed, the operational realities faced by construction organizations mean that all too often the needs of employees are subjugated by performance concerns. This has potentially dire consequences for those who work in the industry, for the firms that employ them and ultimately, for the prosperity and productivity of the industry as a whole.

In this new edition of their leading text, Andrew Dainty and Martin Loosemore have assembled a collection of perspectives which critically examine key aspects of the HRM function in the context of contemporary construction organizations. Rather than simply update the previous edition, the aim of this second edition is to provide a more critical commentary on the ways in which the industry addresses the HRM function and how this affects those who work within the industry. To this end, the editors have gathered contributions from many of the leading thinkers within construction HRM to critique the perspectives presented in the first edition. Each contributor either tackles specific aspects of the HRM function, or provides a critical commentary on industry practice. The authors explain, using real-life case studies, the ways in which construction firms respond to the myriad pressures that they face through their HRM practices.

Together the contributions encourage the reader to rethink the HRM function and its role in defining the employment relationship. This provides essential reading for students of construction and project management, and reflective practitioners who are interested in theoretically informed insights into industry practice and its implications.


chapter 1|17 pages

HRM in construction: critical perspectives

ByAndrew Dainty, Martin Loosemore

chapter 3|29 pages

The development of building labour in Britain in the twentieth century: is it distinct from elsewhere in Europe?

ByLinda Clarke, Charlie McGuire, Christine Wall

chapter 6|33 pages

Occupational health, safety and workers’ wellbeing

ByHelen Lingard

chapter 7|34 pages

Equality, diversity, inclusion and work–life balance in construction

ByKatherine Sang, Abigail Powell

chapter 8|29 pages

Employment relations in construction

ByStewart Johnstone, Adrian Wilkinson

chapter 10|29 pages

Reward management in construction

ByJanet Druker