Composition of UK construction industry 2013
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:
- Construction of buildings e.g. commercial, residential.
- Civil engineering e.g. roads, tunnels, bridges, utilities.
- Specialised construction activities e.g. electrical and plumbing installation, demolition and site preparation, plastering, painting, roofing etc.
Services include activities such as:
- Architectural and quantity surveying activities.
- Wholesale of wood, construction and materials.
- Wholesale of hardware, plumbing and heating equipment.
- Renting and leasing of construction equipment etc.
- Bricks, tiles, cement, concrete products and plaster.
- Metal structures, doors and windows of metal, carpentry and joinery etc.
- Wiring devices, electric lighting equipment etc.
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).
- Office support staff, 28.3%
- Managers, 18.7%
- Technicians, 11.4%
- Legal and business professionals, 3.4%
- Engineers, 16.7%
- Architects, 10.1%
- Surveyors, 11.2%
- Town planners, 0.2%
- Bricklayers, 11.5%
- Roofers, 5.9%
- Scaffolders, 2.0%
- Floorers, 2.5%
- Painters and decorators, 8.0%
- Partition trades, 2.9%
- Wood trades, 12.7%
- Steel trades ,1.0%
- Galziers, 2.5%
- Civil engineering, 4.7%
- Plant operatives, 3.7%
- Building services, 22.5%
- Specialists, 1.8%
- Modern methods, 1.2%
- Labourers and non-construction, 17.0%
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Construction 2025.
- Construction industry statistics.
- Government departments responsibility for construction.
- UK construction industry.
 External references
- BIS, UK Construction, An economic analysis of the sector, July 2013.
- NatCen Social Research Survey of Employment by Occupation in the Construction Industry, March 2012.
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