10 key statistics about the UK’s construction sector

03 June 2015 Andrew Warren-Payne

One of the most common uses for DueDil is as a research and risk management tool. The reason being is that you can analyse huge quantities of data very, very quickly.

I thought it would be interesting to use DueDil to map out the UK’s construction sector. For this I used the appropriate 2007 SIC code (DueDil also can analyse by keyword) to get the results. All this analysis took me just a few minutes to perform.

1.There are 255,078 companies in the UK construction sector at the time of writing.

That’s a decent chunk of the 3,646,071 currently active companies out there.

2.National Rail Infrastructure is the biggest company by turnover.

This is where it sits within the National Rail ownership network:

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Source: Group graphs for National Rail Infrastructure Limited

The rankings for the Top 10 are:

  • Network Rail Infrastructure Limited (£6.353bn)
  • Carillion plc (£3.333bn)
  • Barratt Developments plc (£3.157bn)
  • Balfour Beatty Group Limited (£2.995bn)
  • BDW Trading Limited (£2.994bn)
  • Taylor Wimpey UK Limited (£2.273bn)
  • Laing O’Rourke plc (£1.667bn)
  • Bellway plc (£1.486bn)
  • Bellway Homes Limited (£1.482bn)
  • Persimmon Homes Limited (£1.342bn)

3.For those required to report, total turnover for this sector was at least £178bn.

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Source: DueDil advanced search reporting function

4.The top 100 companies in construction had a turnover of over £77bn.

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Source: DueDil advanced search reporting function

5.The top 100 companies made a gross profit of £8.28bn.

The most profitable was Barratt Developments plc, making an impressive gross profit of £529m.

6.The top 100 companies reported total cash of £6.75bn.

Carillion plc reported cash of £414m.

7.The total amount of reported tax paid by the sector was £1.78bn.

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Source: DueDil advanced search reporting function

8.The sector has total reported assets of £639bn.

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Source: DueDil advanced search reporting function

9.The sector has total reported liabilities of £426bn.

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Source: DueDil advanced search reporting function

10.In order of number of companies, the most popular auditors were Deloitte, BDO, PwC and KPMG.

So EY aren’t part of the ‘big four’ for this lot.

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