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The construction industry is both a large and diverse sector making an important contribution to economic activity. It is typically defined in terms of the stages of construction processes which are undertaken. These range from demolition and site preparation, through general construction and repair of both residential and non-residential buildings. Civil engineering works (including highways, roads, airfields, harbours, utility works, etc) and installations (electrical, plumbing, insulation, etc.) through to completion (including trades like plastering, on-site joinery and carpentry, flooring, painting and glazing). In practice, many large and medium sized construction firms may operate in several or even all the different levels in the industry. There are however, a large number of specialist firms who work mainly as sub-contractors in respect of new construction projects but often as main contractors for repair, maintenance and improvement work.

Construction is labour intensive industry, but the sector does respond to technological changes, the growing requirement to recycle old building materials, and the use of novel materials and construction techniques. Research and development, training and quality management will always be key factors in the future development of the industry.

The need to repair, maintain and alter the existing built environment means that the industry has to preserve a competence in older technologies. Its activities thus comprise a wide mix from traditional labour intensive site-based crafts to sophisticated industrial technologies. As construction projects become increasingly complex there is a need for multi-disciplinary working and transferable skills.

This diversity is reflected in the range of company types operating in the construction sector that include:

  • Main contractors, often larger multi-disciplinary companies offering an integrated service from design, right through the construction process to the completed project.
  • Specialist contractors, ranging from piling contractors to painters and decorators, mainly in the installation and completion trades, who may operate over a wide range of geographic markets.
  • Small contractors active in building and/or civil engineering work in a local market or a specific market sector, e.g. house building. They may work as a major contractor using sub-contractors and self-employed craftsmen.
  • Self-employed craftsmen who may be registered as small firms and work with family members or casual help. They will also swell the number of family owners allocated to the construction sector.
  • Opportunistic start-ups by individuals, or partnerships, who are made redundant or seek more independence than working for a larger firm, or craftsmen expanding their range of activities.  They will also swell the significant number of family owners allocated to the construction sector.

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