The industry will become less volatile as construction markets recover, raising demand
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 13, 2013
The Electricians industry, one of the largest subcontracting industries in the United States, has stumbled during the past five years in response to contractions across its downstream construction markets. “Firms generate a large portion of revenue from electrical system installations in new residential and nonresidential structures, as well as from repair, retrofit and maintenance work,” IBISWorld industry analyst Matthew MacFarland says. As the general level of economic activity slowed during the recession, developers, home builders and business owners canceled or postponed construction projects that required electrical installation. As a result, demand for electrical contractors waned in the five years to 2013. At the height of the recession in 2009, revenue plummeted 20.0%, representing the industry's steepest revenue decline during the five-year period. Throughout this period, revenue is expected to decline at an annualized rate of 1.8% to reach $123.6 billion in 2013.
As a result of weakened demand from the downstream construction markets, the number of industry firms, establishments and jobs has been volatile during the past five years. As economic pressures reduced the pool of available work for electricians, intensified competition forced firms to lower prices, and many companies were unable to compete. “Nonemploying firms without the luxury of reducing wages or closing branches struggled to stay in business,” MacFarland says. However, as construction markets stabilized in 2011 and began growing earnestly in 2012, operators returned to the Electricians industry. As such, the number of industry enterprises is expected to rise during the five years to 2013.
The Electricians industry has a very low level of concentration. The majority of industry operators are smaller firms that serve the single-family housing market in narrow geographic areas. Currently, the industry has no major players. Quanta Services Inc., EMCOR Group Inc., Rosendin Electric, M.C. Dean Inc. and Cupertino Electric Inc. all have a market share of below 5.0% but still hold importance within the industry. This low level of concentration is expected to continue in the five years to 2018. More firms are expected to enter the market as the construction sector improves, but the majority of these operators will be smaller firms and nonemployers that left the industry during the recession.
Construction markets showed strong signs of life in 2012 when the value of residential construction posted growth of 12.3%. In turn, industry revenue is expected to reflect downstream demand growth with an increase of 6.7% in 2013. In the five years to 2018, industry revenue is forecast to continue rising to fully recoup its recessionary losses. In addition to new construction, the industry is also expected to benefit from an increase in renovation and retrofitting activity, particularly for green upgrades such as energy efficiency projects. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Electricians in the US industry report page.
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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics
This industry is engaged in one or more of the following: performing electrical work at a site (e.g. installing wiring); servicing electrical equipment at a site; and the combined activity of selling and installing electrical equipment. The electrical work performed includes new work, additions, alterations, maintenance and repairs.
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