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AMA Research are pleased to announce the publication of the 2nd Edition of AMA Research’s report “Electrical Contractors Market Report - UK 2014-2018 Analysis”, which quantifies the existing market for electrical contracting services and provides a thorough review of the structure and performance of the market in 2013 and beyond.
This unique report provides both a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the electrical contracting sector and represents an invaluable guide to the overall market for sales and marketing professionals involved in the construction, electrical or specialist contracting industries. Focusing on market size and trends, important market influences, key end use sectors and future prospects, the report is comprehensive, informative and will facilitate operational and strategic decision-making processes.
Key Issues analysed include:
Market Structure
Market Size and Key Trends
Future Prospects
Regional Breakdown
Key Factors for Change - Product Development etc.
Legislation & Regulations
Energy Efficiency Requirements
Corporate Activity, Profitability Levels
Electrical contracting output remained flat in 2012, but estimates show that 2013 saw a much improved market performance, as construction activity started to pick up and business confidence began to return. Key drivers for growth include construction and housing market growth, growing demand for energy efficient products and services, legislative changes and government initiatives. Factors likely to restrict growth in the medium term include a trend towards consolidation, the substantial fall in profit margin seen in recent years and a trend towards the increasing use of prefabricated components and 'plug and play' systems.
The current outlook for the market over the medium term is moderately positive, with electrical contracting output expected to show higher levels of growth from 2014. The underlying demand for housing will underpin growth in the longer term, with various schemes aimed at introducing more renewable energy sources, also having an impact.
Areas of particular interest include:
Thorough review of the structure of the sector.
Regional analysis incorporating estimated regional market size and leading players.
The impact of energy efficient products and renewable energy sources.
Key legislation and regulations affecting the market.
Analysis of leading electrical contractor firms and recent mergers & acquisitions.
Profitability analysis.
Companies included:
Amey UK, Arthur McKay, Balfour Beatty Construction Services, Boulting Group, Bouygues Energie & Services, Briggs and Forrester, British Gas Social Housing Ltd, Carillion, CBES, Cofeley, Crown House Technologies, Derry Building Services, Dodd Group, EIC Ltd, Emcor Group (UK), FES Ltd, Gratte Brothers, GSH Group, Halsall Electrical, Haydon Mechanical & Electrical, Imtech Technical Services (ITS), Integral UK, Interserve, Lorne Stewart, Michael Lonsdale Group, MITIE plc, NG Bailey, Nomenca, Norland Managed Services, Phoenix Electrical, Quartzelec, Shepherd Engineering Services (SES), Skanska Rashleigh, Weatherfoil, Space Engineering Services, SPIE Matthew Hall, SSE Contracting, T Clarke, UK Power Network Services, VINCI Facilities.
Key areas of coverage in the report include:
ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING MARKET
Definition and Market Overview – distinction between M&E and electrical contractors.
Market Performance – market size in value terms, growth levels 2between 2008-2014.
Key Trends – consolidation, energy efficiency, integration and outsourcing. Key factors for change and market development.
Future Prospects – market size and growth projections to 2018, 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.
Geographical Profile - analysis by UK region.
Service Review - review of services offered by electrical contractors - standard services, additional services 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 2013.
REGIONAL ANALYSIS
Overview and regional shares for electrical contracting and construction output, by UK region.
Estimated electrical contracting output by value, compared with construction output, in each region, covering 2008-2012 with forecasts to 2016.
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 £50m+ 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 key trends in relation to this.
The electrical contractors market was estimated to be valued at around £18.2bn in 2013, having seen moderate levels of growth since 2011.
While electrical contracting is thought to have been less affected than some other areas within the construction industry during the recession, the electrical contractor market declined in 2009/10. In 2011, increasing raw material prices provided a boost to the market in terms of value. However, this was offset to a great extent by weak demand in the private sector and the government’s spending cuts taking effect, and the growth rate seen in 2011 could not be sustained, leading to a flat market performance in 2012.
Current estimates are more positive, and point to a return to growth from 2013 onwards. Business confidence has been higher during the year and there have been some positive signs that the economy could finally be recovering from the downturn.
Competition remains fierce among contractors, with reports of businesses continuing to submit tenders at, or below, cost price in order to secure work or retain clients. Profit margins, which were already under pressure, have declined further. Consolidation activity amongst suppliers continues to be high within the market. This has led to a number of major players increasing in size over the past few years. The growth in strategic acquisitions is also in response to the growing focus on integrated services within the sector, with contractors widening the range of services offered.
A key area of growth in recent years has been installations aimed at improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions, driven by increasingly stringent legislation and regulations around this, but also given impetus by the long-term cost savings that can be made by installing such systems, driven by increasing fuel costs.
Future prospects for the sector are moderately positive, with the electrical contracting market expected to show growth of around 3% per annum over the next few years. However, this depends largely on the performance of the non-domestic and domestic construction sectors. The housing sector is one of the key sectors likely to underpin growth within the electrical contracting market over the next few years, as demand for new housing is constantly increasing.
Growth in the future is also likely to be motivated by legislation around carbon reduction, and renewable energy in particular. Solar panel installation currently represents a fast growing sub-sector of the electrical contracting market. A shift to LED lighting should have an impact on the market and data centres also remain a potential source of growth. Forecasts indicate that the market may reach £20.6bn by the end of 2018.

Table Of Contents

Electrical Contractors Market Report - UK 2014-2018 Analysis
1. INTRODUCTION 7
1.1 INTRODUCTION 7
1.2 SOURCES OF INFORMATION 8
2. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY and FUTURE PROSPECTS 9
2.1 SUMMARY 9
2.2 FUTURE PROSPECTS 10
3. ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT 11
3.1 GDP 11
3.2 INFLATION and INTEREST RATES 13
3.3 UNEMPLOYMENT 14
3.4 HOUSEHOLD CONSUMPTION 14
3.5 HOUSING and CONSTRUCTION 15
3.6 STERLING 16
3.7 POPULATION PROFILE 17
3.8 CONCLUSIONS 17
4. THE UK ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING MARKET 19
4.1 MARKET DEFINITION 19
4.2 MARKET SIZE and TRENDS 19
4.2.1 Current Situation 21
4.2.2 Future Prospects 22
4.3 MARKET MIX 23
4.4 KEY MARKET INFLUENCES 24
4.4.1 Construction Output 24
4.4.2 Legislation and Standards 28
4.4.3 Carbon Reduction and Green Energy Requirements 31
4.4.4 Product Development 32
5. REGIONAL ANALYSIS - ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS 34
5.1 OVERVIEW 34
5.2 THE NORTH OF ENGLAND 35
5.3 THE MIDLANDS 38
5.4 EAST OF ENGLAND 40
5.5 LONDON and THE SOUTH EAST 42
5.6 THE SOUTH WEST 44
5.7 WALES 46
5.8 SCOTLAND 48
5.9 NORTHERN IRELAND 50
6. MARKET STRUCTURE 52
6.1 OVERVIEW 52
6.2 COMPANY SIZE 53
6.3 GEOGRAPHICAL COVERAGE 55
6.4 SERVICE OFFERING 56
6.5 KEY TRENDS 60
6.6 PROFITABILITY 62
7. CONTRACTOR REVIEW 65
7.1 OVERVIEW 65
7.2 LEADING ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING COMPANIES 66
7.3 ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR PROFILES 68
7.3.1 Electrical Contractors - £250m+ Estimated Electrical Turnover 68
7.3.2 Electrical Contractors - £100m+ Estimated Electrical Turnover 71
7.3.3 Electrical Contractors - £50m+ Estimated Electrical Turnover 73
7.3.4 Electrical Contractors -7.4 PROCUREMENT 77

CHART 1: UK ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR MARKET 2008 TO 2018 - BY VALUE (£BN) 9
TABLE 2: GDP DATA - 2010-2013 - KEY CONSTITUENT ELEMENTS 12
CHART 3: INTEREST RATES AND INFLATION (CPI) FROM 1994-2018 13
CHART 4: PDI and SAVINGS RATIO AT CURRENT PRICES 1995-2018 15
TABLE 5: EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS 2008-2014 - STERLING TO THE DOLLAR, AND THE EURO, SPOT RATES 17
TABLE 6: UK ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING MARKET 2008 TO 2018 - BY VALUE (£M) 20
CHART 7: MIX BY TYPE OF PROJECT (NEW BUILD, RMI, REFURBISHMENT) - % BY VALUE 2013 23
CHART 8: CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT (GREAT BRITAIN) NEW WORK and RMI - CURRENT PRICES (£BN) 2008 -2015 24
CHART 9: CONSTRUCTION NEW WORK BY END-USE SECTOR BY VALUE 2013 25
CHART 10: DOMESTIC CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2008 TO 2018 - BY VALUE (£M AT CURRENT PRICES) 26
CHART 11: DOMESTIC CONSTRUCTION STARTS and COMPLETIONS AND FORECASTS 2008 TO 2018 BY VOLUME 27
CHART 12: UK ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING REGIONAL SHARES BY VALUE - 2012 34
CHART 13: CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT - REGIONAL SHARES BY VALUE - 2012 35
CHART 14: PUBLIC/PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2008 - 2013 - NORTH OF ENGLAND - BY CONSTRUCTION TYPE (£M) 36
TABLE 15: NORTH OF ENGLAND - ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING MARKET SIZE AND EMPLOYMENT - BY VALUE 2008-2016 (£M) 37
CHART 16: PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2008 - 2013 IN THE MIDLANDS - BY CONSTRUCTION TYPE (£M) 38
TABLE 17: MIDLANDS - ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING MARKET SIZE AND EMPLOYMENT - BY VALUE 2008-2016 (£M) 39
CHART 18: PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2008 - 2013 IN THE EAST OF ENGLAND - BY CONSTRUCTION TYPE (£M) 40
TABLE 19: EAST OF ENGLAND - ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING MARKET SIZE AND EMPLOYMENT - BY VALUE 2008-2016 (£M) 41
CHART 20: PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2008 - 2013 IN LONDON and THE SOUTH EAST - BY CONSTRUCTION TYPE (£M) 42
TABLE 21: LONDON and THE SOUTH EAST - ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING MARKET SIZE AND EMPLOYMENT - BY VALUE 2008-2016 (£M) 43
CHART 22: PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2008 - 2013 IN THE SOUTH WEST OF ENGLAND - BY CONSTRUCTION TYPE (£M) 45
TABLE 23: SOUTH WEST - ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING MARKET SIZE AND EMPLOYMENT - BY VALUE 2008-2016 (£M) 46
CHART 24: PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2008 - 2013 IN WALES - BY CONSTRUCTION TYPE (£M) 47
TABLE 25: WALES - ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING MARKET SIZE AND EMPLOYMENT - BY VALUE 2008-2012 (£M) 48
CHART 26: PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2008 - 2013 IN SCOTLAND - BY CONSTRUCTION TYPE (£M) 49
TABLE 27: SCOTLAND - ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING MARKET SIZE AND EMPLOYMENT - BY VALUE 2008-2016 (£M) 50
TABLE 28: NORTHERN IRELAND - ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING MARKET SIZE AND EMPLOYMENT - BY VALUE 2008-2016 (£M) 51
CHART 29: NUMBER OF VAT REGISTERED FIRMS INVOLVED IN ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION WORK AND AVERAGE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES - 2008-2013 52
CHART 30: ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION FIRMS BY AGE OF BUSINESS - 2013 53
TABLE 31: ENTERPRISES INVOLVED IN ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION REG. FOR VAT BY EMPLOYMENT SIZE BAND 2013 53
TABLE 32: ENTERPRISES INVOLVED IN ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION REGISTERED FOR VAT BY TURNOVER SIZE - 2013 54
CHART 33: TOTAL REVENUE OF VAT REGISTERED FIRMS INVOLVED IN ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION REVENUE £BN - 2008-2012 55
CHART 34: VAT REGISTERED BUSINESSES INVOLVED IN ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION WORK BY REGION (%) - 2013 56
CHART 35: SPECIALISTS WITHIN ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR INDUSTRY (%) - 2013 57
TABLE 36: STANDARD SERVICES OFFERED BY A TYPICAL MEDIUM TO LARGE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR 58
TABLE 37: ADDITIONAL AND GROWING SERVICES OFFERED BY A TYPICAL MEDIUM SIZED ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR 59
CHART 38: ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS' AVERAGE PROFIT MARGINS 2007-2013 (%) 62
CHART 39: MARKET SHARES BY ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING TURNOVER 2012/13 66
TABLE 40: TOP 25 ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS IN THE UK - BY ESTIMATED TURNOVER FROM ELECTRICAL WORK 2012/13 67

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