The demand for FM services is rising across sectors, according to a survey of the industry.
The RICS UK FM survey for November shows that healthcare, manufacturing and education sectors are seeing strong growth in demand, while retail continues to struggle.
Employment levels are still rising across the FM industry, although expectations remain negative for the coming year.
For the coming 12 months, workplace and relocation management still leads the way as the area of FM expected to see the strongest growth, says the survey.
At the same time, cleaning services again returned “particularly upbeat expectations for growth over the year ahead”. Aside from these two areas, sustainability management saw “a significant uplift in expectations over the quarter and now displays the third most elevated growth expectations over the coming year across all categories”, according to the survey.
At the other end of the scale, catering services continue to exhibit the weakest growth projections, it adds.
Perceptions on the share of employees that will eventually return to the workplace once restrictions are lifted (on a similar schedule as found prior to the pandemic) remained “broadly unchanged compared with the previous two quarters”, says the survey. As such, “the majority of contributors continue to sense that the proportion of workers returning as before would be 60 per cent or less”.