Overview

Slow flow: Reduced demand from downstream markets has constrained industry revenue

The Plumbing Services market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

REPORT SNAPSHOT

Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$13bn
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
0.3%
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022
Profit
Employment
48,260
Business
24,750

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Plumbers have derived a stable flow of work on emergency repair and maintenance projects
  • Federal Government subsidies for solar hot-water system installation benefited some firms
  • Steady demand is forecast from the construction of new offices, retail spaces and warehouses

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Plumbing Services industry plays an integral role in the economy, supplying licensed services to install, repair and maintain fixtures and fittings used to catch, distribute and treat liquids, gases and waste products. The industry is highly regulated to ensure compliance with product and installation standards and building guidelines. It is made up of many small-scale contracting firms, with most enterprises employing fewer than 20 people (98.9% in June 2015) and contesting narrow geographic areas or niche markets. However, the industry does include several large-scale players, which generally operate as facilities management companies such as Spotless Group and Programmed Maintenance Services...

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    Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Plumbing Services industry has low market share concentration with the four largest companies contributing less than 5% of total market share. The industry is characterised by its many small-scale enterprises competing in narrow geographic markets. Larger facility management firms are likely to benefit more from the solid demand conditions in the multi-unit apartment construction and non-residential building markets.

    The industry is highly fragmented due to the large number of plumbers, with most servicing small local areas. Most businesses have a workforce of below 20 people (98.9%), including over half the enterprises having no paid employment, comprising mainly sole proprietors and partners. The..

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    Additional Insights for the Plumbing Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Plumbing Services Industry are

  • Adoption of new technology
  • Having a good reputation
  • Ability to change which market the firm operates in
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from residential building construction and Demand from non-residential building construction in the Plumbing Services industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Plumbing Services Industry?

    The Plumbing Services industry consists of contractors that provide general plumbing or drainage services. This includes installing and repairing water supply, sewer lines, septic tanks, drainage and gas systems. The construction of large-scale sewerage or stormwater drainage systems is not included in the industry.

    Industry Products
    Drainage and roofing plumbing
    Water plumbing
    Sanitary plumbing
    Gas fitting
    Mechanical plumbing
    Industry Activities
    Drains construction, cleaning and repairing (except large-scale sewerage and stormwater drainage systems)
    Gas plumbing installation and repair
    Guttering and roof installation and repair
    Hot-water system installation and repair
    Plumbing (except marine) installation and repair
    Installed plumbing repair
    Septic tank installation and repair
    Solar hot-water system installation and repair

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from residential building construction
  • Demand from non-residential building construction
  • Dwelling commencements
  • Real household disposable income
  • Demand from heavy industry and other non-building construction

  • Current Performance
  • Profit margins squeezed
  • Subdued construction trends
  • Participation and jobs decline
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Profit margins squeezed
  • Subdued construction trends
  • Participation and jobs decline
  • Table: Plumbing Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Plumbing Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Construction
  • Residential Property Operators
  • Office Property Operators
  • Retail Property Operators
  • Industrial and Other Property Operators

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Farm and Construction Machinery Wholesaling
  • Household Appliance Wholesaling
  • Machinery and Scaffolding Rental
  • Plumbing Goods Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Water plumbing
  • Sanitary plumbing
  • Gas fitting
  • Mechanical plumbing
  • Drainage and roofing plumbing
  • Chart: Plumbing Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Residential building companies
  • Non-residential builders and property managers
  • Households and residential property managers
  • Engineering construction and manufacturing industries
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Plumbing Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Plumbing Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Plumbing Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Plumbing Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Plumbing Services Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Building The Education Revolution
  • A former Commonwealth Government program involving the refurbishment of the nation's primary school buildings as a measure to stimulate economic growth, funded by about $14 billion over three years.
  • Facility Management
  • The provision of multi-disciplined services (such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning; electrical services; plumbing; cleaning and security) for maintenance of non-residential buildings.
  • Gas Fitting
  • A specialist area of plumbing services requiring full licensing to carry out services for liquefied petroleum gas and natural gas applications.
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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
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    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Plumbing Services market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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