FIDIC-EFCA Consulting Engineering Industry Survey

Using Member Association surveys and National Accounts to forecast demand, fee levels and industry impact.


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25 February 2019

European Union 2016-7 Updates - demand in the 28 European Union countries:

  • 2016 outcome and 2017 forecasts presented at the EFCA 2017 GAM, 1 June 2017 (see  blog item)
  • Summary released to FIDIC and EFCA (22 July 2016) - PDF
  • Background Note (in the process of revision for release in January 2018)
  • Preliminary report for 2016 for the 20 largest EU economies presented at the EFCA General Assembly Meeting (Sofia, 2 June 2016) - PDF

FIDIC-EFCA Consulting Engineering Industry Survey uses investment data given in National Accounts to estimate the demand for the services that are typically supplied by consulting engineering firms (see illustration).

These services meet the demand from investments in construction, equipment and defense systems, research and development, and some specialised ares of professional services.

The demand is benchmarked using National Account's Supply-Use Tables (SUTs) that detail that supply and use of the various services supplied by the consulting engineering industry, including architecture and engineering activities, special design activities, scientific research and development, and mining support services.

The results include demand forecasts,  fees level and indicators that summarise the importance of the industry in today's knowledge-based economies.

While the demand forecasts have been made since 2001, it was only possible to benchmark the demand when standardised SUTs started to become available for a significant number of countries in 2008. A 2012 report (PDF) covering the European Union developed the survey methodology and reported on data that was available until 2010.

The 2012 report for the European Union has being updated. A summary was released in July 2016 (PDF), an accompanying Background Note  has been temporarily withdrawn following updates to the survey methodolgy (it will be republished in January 2018).

Preliminary results for a 2016 update for the 20 largest EU countries were presented at the the EFCA General Assembly Meeting (Sofia, 2 June 2016) - presentation in PDF.