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Number of Persons Employed in the Construction Industry

The statistic provides information on trends in the number of employed within the private construction industry. Employment is analyzed by kind of activity and type of work (new buildings, repair and maintenance of buildings, and other).

Data description

The statistic shows the development in the number of employed in the private construction sector. The employment is categorized in 8 construction industries and 6 types of construction work. The numbers are seasonally adjusted for each industry as a total and each type of work as a total, but not for the combination of industry and type of work. The seasonal correction takes into account the number of working days in the quarter. The statistic is based on data from questionnaires. All major construction companies, and a sample of the rest of the construction companies, are are asked about their number of employees on a specific date, the Wednesday in the quarter.

Classification system

The division of industries in the statistic is based on the Danish Industrial Classifications DB07

The industry groups are:

  • 41000 Construction of buildings: 411000,412000
  • 42000 Civil engineering: 421000,422000,429000,421100,421200,421300,422100,422200,429100,429900
  • 43201 Electrical installation ect.: 432100,432900
  • 432200 Plumbing, heat and air-conditioning installation: 432200
  • 43301 Joinery installation ect..: 433100,433200,433300
  • 43302 Painting and Glazing ect.: 433410,433420,433900
  • 439910 Bricklayers: 439910
  • 43003 Other specialized construction activities: 431100,431200,431300,439100,439990

In the statistics the number of of employees are categorized in a group corresponding to the type of work. The types of work are:

  • Total
  • New buildings and extensions
  • Repair and maintenance
  • Civil engineering
  • Other occupation
  • Clerical work
  • Not at work because of bad weather, holiday, illness, instruction ect.

Sector coverage

The construction sector.

Statistical concepts and definitions

Industry: A description of a companies activity. To determine the industry of a company Danish Statistics use Danish Industry Code, a 6-digit code based on EU's industry code NACE.

Professional Unit: Workplaces within the same company with the same industry.

Counting Day: Day on which the professional units count their number employees. If possible, the day is set as Wednesday in the middle of the quarter.

Statistical unit

The units in the statistic employment in the construction industry are professional units. A professional units consists of work places in the same company, that are in the same construction industry

Statistical population

The population, that the statistic covers, are professional units, for which the main industry is in construction.

Reference area

The statistic covers employment in Danish construction companies. Foreign companies, that do construction work in Denmark, are not included.

Time coverage

The statistic covers the period of 2000 an onward. Older time series are described in the section Comparability over time.

Base period

Not relevant for this statistics.

Unit of measure


Reference period

Employment in the construction industry is compiled 4 times every year on a specific day. The date of compilation is called the census date. The census date is as far as possible scheduled for a Wednesday in the middle of the quarter.

Frequency of dissemination

The statistics are published 4 times annually. Media January, April, July and October. The statistics are published about 9 weeks after the census date.

Legal acts and other agreements

EU Regulation on Short-Term Statistics: RF 1165-98.

Cost and burden

The burden for the respondents have been estimated to 655,000 dkk.


Employment in the construction industry has a subject page.