In recent years, the construction output in Great Britain has increased. This growth in construction investment has led to increased revenues for construction firms operating in the UK. In 2017, four firms reported an annual revenue of more than three billion British pounds, with Balfour Beatty generating the greatest turnover at approximately 8.7 billion British pounds. The British construction industry is a largely homogenous one, with only one of the fifteen largest companies (Skanska) being headquartered outside of the UK.
In total, there were 296,093 firms in the British construction industry as of the third quarter of 2016, with 261 of these firms employing 300 people or more. In total, approximately 2.96 million people within the UK are employed, either directly or indirectly, within the construction industry.
Between 2016 and 2017, there were approximately 1.4 fatalities for every 100,000 workers in the UK's construction industry, which compares to a national average of 0.43 fatalities per 100,000 employees, across all industries. With this in mind, it is unsurprising to see that five of the six types of training most commonly received by construction workers in the UK between 2014 and 2016 were concerned with improving workplace health and safety.