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Wales

In 2008, there were approximately 29,000 employees in the sector, in around 5,200 workplaces.

The housing and property industry in Wales employs 46% of the sector workforce, the cleaning and support services industry (44%) and facilities management industry (10%).

Employment within the sector is concentrated in: South East Wales (36% of all employment in the sector); and Mid and West Wales (34%)

Of the 5,200 sector workplaces in Wales, 33% are located in the South East. 42% of facilities management workplaces are based in the Mid and West of Wales. The majority of cleaning companies are based in the South East (34%). 63% of all housing and property workplaces are located in South East Wales and Mid and West Wales.

In the cleaning and support services industry, 87% of companies employ between 1-10 employees, 9% between 11-49 people and 4% employing 50+ people. Both the property and housing industry (96%) and the facilities management industry (92%) have a very high proportion of small businesses (employing between 1-10 employees).

Workforce characteristics:

  • 63% of the sector workforce is employed full-time, compared with 72% in the UK economy.
  • 56% of the sector workforce is female.
  • In the property and housing industry in Wales, 55% of the workforce is female, 23% in facilities management industry and 61% in the cleaning and support services industry.
  • 98% of the workforce is white.
  • 8% of the sector workforce is aged 16-24 in Wales, compared to 14% in the UK. 68% is aged 25-54 years.
  • 60% of the property and housing industry workforce hold of Level 3 or above qualification and 19% in the cleaning and support services industry.
  • 19% of the sector workforce does not hold any qualifications, compared with 9% in the UK.
  • 43% of the cleaning and support services industry workforce has no qualifications.

In Wales, elementary occupations account for 35% of all employment within the sector, compared with 11% across all industries in the UK. Managerial occupations account for 15% of all employment in the sector, compared with 16% in the UK. Administrative and secretarial occupations account for 15%, compared with 12% in the UK.

Source: Asset Skills Sector Skills Assessment – Wales 2010