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The Grateful 8 - UK FM Deserves Applause

The value of the facilities management sector to the UK economy has been highlighted in a special report released to coincide with World FM Day.

An analysis of the industry, conducted by the British Institute of Facilities Management, suggests that the contribution could be up to eight per cent of the UK’s GDP, in a market worth around $1.1 trillion globally.

The UK’s facilities management sector is widely accepted by academics as being the most mature and competitive in Europe, with most estimates putting its value in 2017 as high as £120 billion (estimated to reach £139 billion by 2021) after many years of steady growth. This has largely been attributed to the sector embracing shifts in contracting towards total FM deals that are seeing FM providers becoming ever more embedded in the operations of their clients.

Linda Hausmanis, BIFM’s acting chief executive, said: “Those working within facilities management are keenly aware of the value they bring, however the issue of valuing the FM market overall is a challenge, not least because the exact mix of operations within the FM function changes between organisations depending on their business needs and culture. However, what isn’t in dispute is the contribution FM professionals make to the total workforce.

“Over recent years, we have seen FM extend its remit and take a more proactive role across a broader spectrum of activities and this has been reflected in the FM Professional Standards developed by employers and other key stakeholders together with BIFM and which have been reviewed to include new work streams twice in the three years since their inception.

“The FM sector employs a large proportion of the UK working population (estimated by some to be as high as 10%) and therefore has an important role to play on issues such as social value, the National Living Wage and the Industrial Strategy currently in development. These will all impact on the future growth of the FM industry."


World FM Day

The figures have been released ahead of Wednesday’s World FM Day, the international awareness day spearheaded by Global FM to celebrate the vital contribution facilities management makes to business worldwide. This year’s theme is ‘Enabling Positive Experiences’ to highlight the ways in which FM impacts on positive customer, client and employee experience in all sectors.

As part of its World FM Day celebrations, BIFM is inviting both members and non-members to download the report for free from



BIFM flies flag

Taking place throughout the coming week (15 – 19 May), a host of special events and activities are being organised by BIFM members across the UK.

16 May - BIFM Channel Islands: Behind the scenes…how FM influences positive client experience.

17 & 23 May – BIFM UAE Region: How do you roll out IFM across 24 countries in one hit? The challenges and success factors for a successful mobilization of an IFM partnership.

17 May – BIFM North Region: World FM Day event.

17 May - Facilities Management Worldwide Broadcast: 60-minute live audio broadcast from the London offices of BIFM’s official magazine FM World featuring a global panel of FM specialists.

17 May – BIFM South Region: CPD event on security

17 May – BIFM International SIG: Panel discussion with FM professionals from around the world as they share their stories on how they enable positive experiences in their workplace.

17 May – BIFM Scotland Region: Case study and site visit to the new offices of Registers Scotland following its move to Glasgow’s landmark St Vincent Plaza development.

18 May – BIFM Channel Islands: Behind the scenes tour of Castle Cornet offering a look at how the iconic landmark is maintained, the challenges its FM team face and how they work to provide a positive customer experience to visitors.

18 May – BIFM webinar: An in-depth look at the results of BIFM’s recently published UK Facilities Management Business Confidence Monitor.

18 May – BIFM Midlands Region: Presentation and site visit exploring the asset management journey at Rolls-Royce.

BIFM has created a supporters’ pack with ideas and advice to help those working within facilities management mark World FM Day. The pack contains everything those who support the delivery of FM services need to take part, including awareness and fundraising ideas, information sheets on organising ‘back to the floor’ or ‘lunch and learn’ sessions to promote the role of FM in the workplace, social media guidance, poster templates, a branded email signature and pre-written presentation slides.

The supporters’ pack is available to download by clicking here

Article written by Brian Shillibeer


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