Right profession: Positive business confidence and technological developments boost demand

The Professional Services subdivision provides various professional, scientific and technical services to a range of markets. The subdivision has moderately expanded over the past five years. Of all the industries in the subdivision, the Scientific Research Services industry has exhibited the strongest revenue growth. Additionally, the subdivision's largest industries, the Engineering Consulting, Management Consulting, Legal Services and Accounting Services industries have all modestly grown over the past five years, contributing to the subdivision's overall growth. As a result, subdivision revenue is expected to increase at an annualised 1.5% over the five years through 2018-19, to reach $165.2 billion. This includes an expected revenue increase of 0.4% over the current year...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Professional service providers have benefited from positive business confidence
  • Profit margins have increased, largely due to the growing range of value-added services
  • Forecast positive business confidence will drive demand for professional services
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    Companies operating in the Professional Services subdivision provide a variety of professional, scientific and technical services to a range of businesses in different industries, along with individual households. Therefore, the subdivision’s performance is largely linked to overall economic conditions, which often determine business confidence and expenditure. However, factors such as mining activity, construction levels, technology developments and advertising trends can also drive demand in individual service industries. The Professional Services subdivision has moderately grown over the past five years due to positive business confidence and greater business profit. As a result, subdivision revenue is expected to increase at an annualised 1.5% o...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Professional Services Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Professional Services are:

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

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    What is the Professional Services Industry?

    The Professional Services subdivision consists of industries that primarily provide services to other businesses and households. These services include scientific research; architectural, engineering and technical; legal and accounting; advertising; market research and statistics; management and related consulting; veterinary; and other professional 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 research services
  • Advertising, design and public relations services
  • Architectural and landscape planning services
  • Legal services
  • Accounting services
  • Market research and statistical services
  • Veterinary services
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Business confidence index
  • Private non-residential construction capital expenditure
  • Capital expenditure by the public sector
  • Total business profit
  • Private research and development expenditure

  • Current Performance
  • High growth industries
  • Primary industries
  • Subdivision weaknesses
  • Subdivision structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Downstream demand
  • Competition and subdivision structure
  • Globalisation trends
  • Table: Professional Services Industry Revenue Outlook

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

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

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

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

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

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

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    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
    Table: Industry Data for the Professional Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Computer-Aided Design Software
  • Software that allows firms to create detailed digital models and drawings.
  • Inhouse
  • 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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