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Scotland's construction facts

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Construction industry in Scotland

Latest stats and facts on Scotland's construction industry. Published April 2019.

Supply chain profile

The construction industry is made up of a wide range of sub sectors and specialisms, from

  • a supply chain of materials producers (timber, aggregates, cement, etc.), through to
  • component producers (mechanical/electrical, building products and construction systems), major, minor and specialist contractors, to
  • architecture, design, finance, project management and engineering expertise

The industry is spread throughout Scotland with concentrations in the central belt and north east. But employment exists in all parts of Scotland, including all rural areas where construction jobs are of significant importance.

School of Simulation and Visualisation (formerly Digital Design Studio) at Glasgow School of Art.

Scottish construction stats

33,604 business units*

19% of Scotland's total business units (2014)

171,000 employment*

10% of Scotland's total employment (2014)

£10.5bn GVA*

12% of Scotland's GVA (2014)

*includes supply chain

Offsite Construction Hub, winners of the Collaboration Prize 2016

International reputation

Although the industry's dominant market is the UK, Scotland has an international reputation for architecture and design, value engineering and project management, and increasingly, low carbon products and technologies.

Scotland's construction exports are worth £140 million0.4% of Scotland's total international exports (2017).

Construction Scotland, the industry leadership group, has launched an industry led Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC), and in 2017 opened its Advanced Construction factory.

CSIC delivers Higher Education Institution support and expertise, and speeds development of new construction products, systems and services by businesses.

Company insight

Construction companies surveyed between January and March 2019
Performance last 6 months
  • 79% reported increased turnover
  • 58% reported improved profitability
Expectations next 6 months
  • 13% expect to grow exports
  • 58% expect to add staff

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