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Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Professional service providers have benefited from growing investment in infrastructure
  • Engineering consulting services have declined as a proportion of subdivision revenue
  • Architectural and surveying services are likely to struggle with increasing foreign competition

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Professional Services subdivision provides various services to a range of markets. Over the past five years, professional service providers have benefited from the growing investment in infrastructure. However, a decline in capital investment across the mining sector has partly offset this trend, negatively affecting engineering consultancy firms. Accounting and management consultants have benefited from businesses looking to improve efficiencies as disruptive technologies have significantly altered the business environment. Some industries in the subdivision, such as the Professional Photographic Services industry and the Architectural Services industry, have faced increased competition as new technologies have made it easier for new participants to enter their industries...

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    Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Firms in the Professional Services subdivision provide a range of services to clients. The main growth segments are legal and accounting services, which together account for almost one-third of subdivision revenue. The largest segment is engineering consulting services, which has grown at a slower rate than the subdivision average in the past five years due to fewer major mining projects being developed and reduced public sector capital expenditure.

    Engineering consulting services

    Engineering consulting firms provide a range of services to the Construction, Mining and Manufacturing divisions, and the public sector. The..

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    Additional Insights for the Professional Services Industry

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

  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • Ability to compete on tender
  • Well-developed internal processes
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Private non-residential construction capital expenditure and Business confidence index in the Professional Services industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Professional Services Industry?

    The Professional Services subdivision consists of industries that primarily provide services to other businesses. These services include engineering and design services, scientific services, information technology services, marketing services, legal and accounting services, employment services and a range of administrative support services.

    Industry Products
    Scientific and environmental research services
    Architectural and surveying services
    Engineering consulting services
    Management consulting services
    Legal services
    Accounting services
    Advertising and market research services
    Other professional services
    Industry Activities
    Consulting services
    Scientific business services
    Advertising and design services
    Landscape planning services
    Legal services
    Accounting services
    Public relations and research services

    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
  • Private non-residential construction capital expenditure
  • Business confidence index
  • Capital expenditure by the public sector
  • Total business profit
  • Private research and development expenditure

  • Current Performance
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Mixed demand trends
  • Profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Revenue and profit growth
  • Mixed consulting growth
  • Globalisation trends
  • Table: Professional Services Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Mining
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Retail Trade
  • Financial and Insurance Services
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Public Administration and Safety
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Professional Services
  • Telecommunications Services

  • Products & Services
  • Engineering consulting services
  • Legal services
  • Accounting services
  • Architectural and surveying services
  • Other professional services
  • Management consulting services
  • Scientific and environmental research services
  • Advertising and market research services
  • Chart: Professional Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Finance and services industries
  • Building and construction industries
  • Other divisions
  • Public sector and utilities
  • Mining industries
  • Households
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Professional 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 Professional Services

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Professional 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 Professional 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 Professional Services Industry
  • 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
    Cad Software
  • Computer aided design software.
  • In-House
  • When a company performs an activity or function internally as opposed to outsourcing it.
  • Outsourcing
  • The use of outside service providers to perform various non-core activities.
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    • 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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