Global construction contractors' revenue by contractor nationality 2018

The statistic represents the geographic distribution of the international contractor market in 2018, based on contractors' nationality and international revenue. That year, India-based contractors generated revenue streams of around 6.71 billion U.S. dollars.

Contractor market – additional information

Building a house is a complicated process that involves specific knowledge. Contractors are entities appointed by clients to carry out construction works and projects. Contractors typically work in connection to sub-contractors as they tend to be lacking some of the trades required to construct an entire building in their direct employment. A contracting company can be a single, self-employed individual or a large corporation with a board of directors, supervisors, site and project managers and office staff. Most building contractors own their own companies and many of them may have also worked in the construction industry before becoming contractors.

The global market for construction contractors is on the rise, from over 106 billion U.S. dollars in 2001 to 468 billion dollars in revenue in 2017. With revenue of around 140 billion U.S. dollars, the government-owned company, China Railway Group, was ranked one of the largest construction contractors worldwide. The China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd. and the China Railway Construction Corp. Ltd. were also among the leading construction contractors worldwide.

The Bechtel Corporation is the largest construction and civil engineering company throughout the United States and the eleventh largest construction contractor in the world. Bechtel is a privately held company with headquarters in San Francisco. The company reported new contracts worth some 7.61 billion U.S. dollars. However, the Texas-based Fluor Corporation came in with a value of about 27.8 billion U.S. dollars the same year, topping the list .

International revenue of construction contractors worldwide in 2018, based on designer nationality (in million U.S. dollars)*

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Release date

August 2019



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Supplementary notes

* Based on top 250 contractors. Excludes Arctic/Antarctic and unallocated figures.

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