Last edited 05 Nov 2014

Composition of UK construction industry 2013

Construction in the UK accounts for approximately 3 million jobs, 10% of total UK employment (ref Construction 2025) and includes both manufacturing and services.

In July 2013, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) published UK Construction, An economic analysis of the sector. This was based on Office for National Statistics (ONS) Annual Business Survey (2011 provisional results) and BIS analysis of ONS Labour Force Survey micro-data (January – March 2013 data).

The report found that the industry is made up as follows:

  • Contracting: 2,030,000 jobs, 234,000 businesses, gross value added (GVA) £63 billion.
  • Services: 580,000 jobs, 30,000 businesses, gross value added, £14 billion.
  • Products: 310,000 jobs, 18,000 businesses. gross value added, £13 billion.

According to BIS, the definition of these categories is as follows:

Contracting include activities such as:

Services include activities such as:

Products, include the manufacture of construction products and materials such as:

The definition excludes distribution and sales of construction products.

In March 2012, NatCen Social Research published a Survey of Employment by Occupation in the Construction Industry, based on a 2011 survey managed by ConstructionSkills (CITB Construction Industry Training Board).

The report found that 48.7% of workers in the construction industry were manual workers, whilst 51.3% were non manual. These workers were broken down as follows:

Non manual:



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