Construction really counts

It is easy to forget if you are immersed in aspects of the construction industry, as I have been for most of my working life as a journalist, just how important it is. Yes, we know that it counts for a lot, but even then there can be surprises.

A piece of work on the BBC website, in the run-up to the election, makes the role of the industry starkly clear. 

Construction counts for 7 per cent of UK employment, but what is staggering is that it help make up the non-service sector of the economy which accounts for only 19 per cent of the total economy (the rest is made up of manufacturing (9%) and agriculture (3%). In other words, if you don't work in services, there is nearly a one in two chance that you will work in construction.

i don't know about you, but I find that chastening.

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