Here at G&A Security we believe everyone has a particular sector they would like to explore and grow. The Construction Industry is no different, offering a multitude of different roles and sectors to be worked in.
What different sectors are there?
There are three main sectors in Construction. The first is the construction of buildings, which involve contractors, usually called general contractors, who build residential, industrial, commercial and other buildings relating to business. The second is Heavy and Civil engineering construction. These contractors build sewers, roads, highways, bridges, tunnels. Finally, Specialty trade contractors, who primarily perform specialised activities related to all types of construction such as carpentry, painting, plumbing and electrical work.
Construction is usually licensed out to general contractors. These general contractors usually specialise in one specific type of construction, such as residential or commercial. They will take full responsibility to oversee the job, except for specified portions of the work that can be omitted from the contract. Even though the general contractor may do a portion of the work with their own staff, they often subcontract a portion of the workload to heavy construction or specialty trade contractors.
Similarly, Specialty trade contractors usually do work of only one trade, such as painting or carpentry. They can also work to closely related trades like Plumbing and heating. Unlike general contractors, Specialty trade contractor have no responsibility for the structure as a whole. They receive orders for their work from general contractors, architects or property owners. Repair work are always completed on the direct order of the clientele.
During the third quarter of 2017, the number of British construction firms totalled 314,590. With 260 of these firms employing 300 people or more each. Across the UK, there were 2.73 million people employed by the construction industry, making it one the largest industries in the UK.