Quality, Time and Cost Performance of Labour Only Contract in Some Selected Cities in Nigeria

Adenuga, O. A. ; Akinsola, E. O. ; Soyingbe, A. A. (2006)

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Labour only contract is one of the methods of project procurement. In this method, the client provides all the building materials while the contractor, who is responsible for the work is charged with the provision of the labour force (skilled and unskilled). This study focuses on the performance of this method of project procurement in terms of the time taken to deliver a project, the quality of the project and its cost. The review of literature on this study revealed that the system has grown in popularity over the years because it affords the client the opportunity of buying the building materials himself and so, ensuring that quality materials are bought. Usually most of the projects involved are small and medium in scale. It ensures close monitoring of the project by the clients. The study however discovered that time is not saved nor cost drastically reduced as perceived by the client unless certain checks and provisions are put in place. The study suggests that professional knowledge of materials and construction should be at the disposal of the client for him to reap the full benefit of this method. The result of the three hypotheses propounded for the study shows that: a) There is no time saved in project delivery by the method. b) There is no cost reduction. c) There is a negative correlation between the level of satisfaction with the quality of the project by client and the satisfaction level of the contractor.