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Electrical Contractors Market Report - UK 2017-2021 Analysis

Published: 01/02/2017 / Number of Pages: 73 / Price: £795.00

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Introduction and Overview

The 3rd edition of the 'Electrical Contractors Market Report - UK 2017-2021 Analysis' focuses on electrical contractors' market size and trends, important market influences, key end use sectors, regional assessment, market prospects and provides a thorough review of the market through to 2021.

Key content covered:

  • Market Structure.
  • Market Size and Key Trends.
  • Market prospects.
  • Regional breakdown
  • Key factors for change - product development, legislation & regulations, energy efficiency products and requirements.
  • Corporate activity, profitability levels.

Key areas of insight include:

  • Thorough review of the structure of the sector.
  • Regional analysis incorporating estimated regional market size and leading players.
  • Analysis of leading electrical contractor firms and recent mergers & acquisitions.
  • Profitability analysis.
  • Key legislation and regulations affecting the market.
  • Detailed market data and insight on the electrical contractors market by AMA Research, a leading UK provider of construction market intelligence.

Some of the companies included:

Amey UK, Arthur McKay, Balfour Beatty Construction Services, Boulting Group, Briggs and Forrester, Carillion, CBES, CBRE Managed Services, Crown House Technologies, Dodd Group, Emcor Group (UK), Engie, FES Ltd, Gratte Brothers, Halsall Electrical, Integral UK, Interserve, Lorne Stewart, Michael Lonsdale Group, MJ Quinn Integrated Services, MITIE plc, NG Bailey, Nomenca, Phoenix Electrical, Quartzelec, Shepherd Engineering Services (SES), Skanska Rashleigh, Weatherfoil, SPIE UK, SSE Contracting, T Clarke, UK Power Network Services.

Key areas in the report:

Electrical Contracting Market

  • Definition and Market Overview - distinction between M&E and electrical contractors.
  • Market Performance - market size in value terms, growth levels between 2012-2016.
  • Key Trends - consolidation, energy efficiency, integration and outsourcing. Key factors for change and market development.
  • Future Prospects - market size and growth projections to 2021, where the market is headed and why.
  • Market Mix - share of newbuild versus RMI.

Key Market Trends and Influences

  • Review of past, current and future non-domestic construction activity in the UK.
  • Analysis of current and forecast housing market activity - value, starts and completions.
  • Information about legislation and standards affecting the market.
  • Outline of carbon reduction and green energy requirements - green deal etc.
  • Analysis of the sustainability sector, in particular the solar PV and solar thermal markets.
  • Review of current and future product development opportunities.

Market Structure

  • Market Size - number of businesses, number of employees.
  • Sector Profile - breakdown by turnover, number of employees, age of business and revenue.
  • Service Review - review of services offered by electrical contractors - standard services, additional and growing sectors.
  • Specialist Contractors - share of specialists, i.e. fire & security, lighting, audio-visual etc.
  • Profitability Analysis - average profit margin development between 2007 and 2015.

Regional Analysis

  • Geographical coverage - analysis by UK region, overview and regional shares.
  • Estimated electrical contracting output by value, compared with construction output, in each region, covering 2012-2015.
  • Key influences and future prospects for each region.
  • Profile in each region - number of employees in electrical trades, market value.
  • Leading regional players - brief description and turnover figures.

Contractor Review

  • Market Share - relative size of leading companies involved in the electrical contracting market.
  • Contractor Profiles - extensive section providing company overview, recent acquisitions, turnover and profit figures for companies within the £250m+, £100m+ and £30m+ turnover brackets.
  • Corporate Activity - review of major mergers & acquisitions, company closures.
  • Procurement Review - covering sub-contracting, contract procurement, materials purchasing and distribution channels such as electrical wholesalers, and of related trends.

Report Summary

Electrical contracting was less affected than some other areas within the construction industry during the short-term dip in the construction market in 2012, supported by the fact that the market covers a wide range of end use sectors and has a high proportion of work in RMI, insulating it somewhat from the effects of downturns in new building activity. The value of the market grew strongly from 2014 to 2015 in line with the general resurgence in overall construction output, in particular the infrastructure and offices sectors, and to a lesser extent in new build housing. The estimates for 2016 are more moderate, with growth of around 1%.

A key area of growth in recent years has been installations aimed at improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions, driven by legislative requirements and building regulations. There has been a rapid expansion in the range of LED lighting products on the market, and with increasingly sophisticated control systems for both heating and lighting, this has been the major growth area in demand for electrical products. Profit margins, which been significantly squeezed in recent years, have shown some signs of growth from 2014 onwards, suggesting that the practice of submitting tenders at, or below, cost price in order to secure work may be dropping off. However, some firms continue to make losses while loss making contracts are completed.

Competition remains fierce among contractors, with some larger players continuing to seek growth, gain access to new markets and expand the range of services they offer, through acquisitions. There has been an increase in the entry of new small businesses into the market, which, in light of falling levels of employment overall, may indicate that some workers in the sector who were previously employees have opted to become self-employed.

Future prospects for the sector are moderately positive, with the electrical contracting market expected to show growth of around 2-3% per annum over the next few years. However, this depends largely on the performance of the non-domestic and domestic construction sectors. Business confidence remains good among electrical contractors, with ECA survey data suggesting that the majority believe that Brexit will either have a positive effect on their business, or no discernible impact. Growth in the future is also likely to be motivated by legislation around carbon reduction, and renewable energy in particular, with a shift to LED lighting, increased modular product usage and greater use of controls will have a positive impact on the market.


List of Report Contents

  1. Contents Listing
  2. 1. INTRODUCTION 6
  3. 1.1 INTRODUCTION 6
  4. 1.2 SOURCES OF INFORMATION 6
  5. 2. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY & FUTURE PROSPECTS 8
  6. 2.1 SUMMARY 8
  7. 2.2 FUTURE PROSPECTS 9
  8. 3. ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT 10
  9. 3.1 GDP 10
  10. 3.2 INFLATION & INTEREST RATES 12
  11. 3.3 UNEMPLOYMENT 13
  12. 3.4 HOUSEHOLD CONSUMPTION 13
  13. 3.5 HOUSING & CONSTRUCTION 14
  14. 3.6 STERLING 15
  15. 3.7 POPULATION PROFILE 16
  16. 3.8 CONCLUSIONS 16
  17. 4. THE UK ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING MARKET 18
  18. 4.1 MARKET DEFINITION 18
  19. 4.2 MARKET SIZE & TRENDS 18
  20. 4.2.1 Current Situation 18
  21. 4.2.2 Market Prospects 20
  22. 4.3 MARKET MIX 21
  23. 4.4 KEY MARKET INFLUENCES 22
  24. 4.4.1 Construction Output 22
  25. 4.4.2 Legislation and Standards 25
  26. 4.4.3 Carbon Reduction and Green Energy Requirements 28
  27. 4.4.4 Product Development 29
  28. 5. REGIONAL ANALYSIS - ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS 34
  29. 5.1 OVERVIEW 34
  30. 5.2 THE NORTH OF ENGLAND 36
  31. 5.3 THE MIDLANDS 38
  32. 5.4 EAST OF ENGLAND 40
  33. 5.5 LONDON & THE SOUTH EAST 41
  34. 5.6 THE SOUTH WEST 43
  35. 5.7 WALES 45
  36. 5.8 SCOTLAND 46
  37. 5.9 NORTHERN IRELAND 47
  38. 6. MARKET STRUCTURE 49
  39. 6.1 OVERVIEW 49
  40. 6.2 COMPANY SIZE 50
  41. 6.3 GEOGRAPHICAL COVERAGE 52
  42. 6.4 SERVICE OFFERING 53
  43. 6.5 PROFITABILITY 56
  44. 7. CONTRACTOR REVIEW 58
  45. 7.1 OVERVIEW 58
  46. 7.2 LEADING ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING COMPANIES 58
  47. 7.3 ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR PROFILES 59
  48. 7.3.1 Electrical Contractors - £250m+ Estimated Electrical Turnover 59
  49. 7.3.2 Electrical Contractors - £100m - £250m Estimated Electrical Turnover 63
  50. 7.3.3 Electrical Contractors - £30m - £100m Estimated Electrical Turnover 65
  51. 7.4 PROCUREMENT 69
  52. 8. PRODUCTS 71
  53. 8.1 ELECTRICAL AND LIGHTING MARKET 71
  1. Tables & Charts
  2. CHART 1: UK ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR MARKET 2012 TO 2021 - BY VALUE (£BN) 8
  3. TABLE 2: GDP DATA - 2013-2016 - KEY CONSTITUENT ELEMENTS 11
  4. CHART 3: INTEREST RATES AND INFLATION (CPI) FROM 2000-2021 12
  5. CHART 4: PDI & SAVINGS RATIO AT CURRENT PRICES 2000-2021 14
  6. TABLE 5: EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS 2012-2019 - STERLING TO THE DOLLAR, AND THE EURO, SPOT RATES 15
  7. TABLE 6: UK ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING MARKET 2012 TO 2021 - BY VALUE (£M) 19
  8. CHART 7: MIX BY TYPE OF PROJECT (NEW BUILD, RMI, REFURBISHMENT) - % BY VALUE 2015 21
  9. CHART 8: CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT (GREAT BRITAIN) NEW WORK & RMI - CURRENT PRICES (£BN) 2012 -2021 22
  10. CHART 9: CONSTRUCTION NEW WORK BY END-USE SECTOR BY VALUE 2016 23
  11. CHART 10: DOMESTIC CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2012 TO 2021 - BY VALUE (£BN AT CURRENT PRICES) 24
  12. CHART 11: DOMESTIC CONSTRUCTION STARTS & COMPLETIONS AND FORECASTS 2012 TO 2021 BY VOLUME 25
  13. CHART 12: UK ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING REGIONAL SHARES BY VALUE - 2016 34
  14. CHART 13: CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT - REGIONAL SHARES BY VALUE - 2016 35
  15. CHART 14: PUBLIC/PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2012 - 2015 - NORTH OF ENGLAND - BY CONSTRUCTION TYPE (£M) 36
  16. TABLE 15: NORTH OF ENGLAND - ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING MARKET SIZE AND EMPLOYMENT - BY VALUE 2014-2021 (£M) 37
  17. CHART 16: PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2012 - 2015 IN THE MIDLANDS - BY CONSTRUCTION TYPE (£M) 38
  18. TABLE 17: THE MIDLANDS - ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING MARKET SIZE AND EMPLOYMENT - BY VALUE 2014-2021 (£M) 39
  19. CHART 18: PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2012 - 2015 IN THE EAST OF ENGLAND - BY CONSTRUCTION TYPE (£M) 40
  20. TABLE 19: EAST OF ENGLAND - ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING MARKET SIZE AND EMPLOYMENT - BY VALUE 2014-2021 (£M) 40
  21. CHART 20: PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2012 - 2015 IN LONDON & THE SOUTH EAST - BY CONSTRUCTION TYPE (£M) 41
  22. TABLE 21: LONDON AND THE SOUTH EAST - ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING MARKET SIZE AND EMPLOYMENT - BY VALUE 2014-2021 (£M) 42
  23. CHART 22: PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2012 - 2015 IN THE SOUTH WEST OF ENGLAND - BY CONSTRUCTION TYPE (£M) 43
  24. TABLE 23: SOUTH WEST - ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING MARKET SIZE AND EMPLOYMENT - BY VALUE 2014-2021 (£M) 44
  25. CHART 24: PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2012 - 2015 IN WALES - BY CONSTRUCTION TYPE (£M) 45
  26. TABLE 25: WALES - ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING MARKET SIZE AND EMPLOYMENT - BY VALUE 2014-2021 (£M) 45
  27. CHART 26: PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2012 - 2015 IN SCOTLAND - BY CONSTRUCTION TYPE (£M) 46
  28. TABLE 27: SCOTLAND - ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING MARKET SIZE AND EMPLOYMENT - BY VALUE 2014-2021 (£M) 47
  29. TABLE 28: NORTHERN IRELAND - ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING MARKET SIZE AND EMPLOYMENT - BY VALUE 2014-2021 (£M) 48
  30. CHART 29: NUMBER OF ENTERPRISES INVOLVED IN ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION WORK AND TOTAL OF EMPLOYMENT - 2010-2015 ('000) 49
  31. CHART 30: ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION FIRMS BY AGE OF BUSINESS - 2016 50
  32. TABLE 31: ENTERPRISES INVOLVED IN ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION BY EMPLOYMENT SIZE BAND 2016 50
  33. TABLE 32: ENTERPRISES INVOLVED IN ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION BY TURNOVER SIZE - 2016 51
  34. CHART 33: TOTAL REVENUE OF FIRMS INVOLVED IN ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION REVENUE £BN - 2010-2015 51
  35. CHART 34: ENTERPRISES INVOLVED IN ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION WORK BY REGION (%) - 2016 52
  36. CHART 35: WHAT ARE THE MAIN SECTORS THAT ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS OPERATE IN? (%) - 2016 53
  37. TABLE 36: STANDARD SERVICES OFFERED BY A TYPICAL MEDIUM TO LARGE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR 54
  38. TABLE 37: ADDITIONAL AND GROWING SERVICES OFFERED BY A TYPICAL MEDIUM SIZED ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR 55
  39. CHART 38: ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS' AVERAGE PROFIT MARGINS 2007-2015 (%) 56
  40. CHART 39: MARKET SHARES BY ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING TURNOVER 2016 58
  41. TABLE 40: LEADING ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS IN THE UK - BY ESTIMATED TURNOVER FROM ELECTRICAL WORK 2016 59
  42. TABLE 41: INTERSERVE UK CONTRACT WINS 2015 - 2016 61
  43. TABLE 42: ENGIE UK CONTRACT WINS 2016 63
  44. TABLE 43: ELECTRICAL AND LIGHTING MARKET 2012-2021 (£M DSP) 71
  45. CHART 44: DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRICAL AND LIGHTING PRODUCTS - % SHARE 2016 73

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