STUDIES & KEY FIGURES

To provide more information ever and to follow the evolution of the markets and the sector, the National Union of Landscape Enterprises regularly conducts qualitative and quantitative studies and publishes every two years the report of the landscape branch.

These figures support our arguments throughout the year. It is essential to represent, defend, and promote our business with public authorities, customers, and suppliers but also social partners.

ECONOMIC INDICATORS AND RATIOS

  • The landscape in numbers
  • In 2017, the landscape sector was:
  • 29,100 companies
  • 91,800 employees, including 65,600 employees
  • 14 billion euros in turnover.

Landscape companies are mostly small businesses: 64% are single-person, 30% have between 1 and nine employees, while 6% have more than ten employees (less than 1% have more than 50 employees).

55.5% of the turnover of the profession is realized on the work of creation of gardens and green spaces, while 44.5% come from the activity of maintenance.

A diversified clientele

Landscape businesses work for private individuals (44% of turnover), private companies (27.5%) and public markets (27.5%).

This distribution is stable over time and has hardly changed in ten years.

Gardens and green spaces, sources of economic wealth

If we consider the INSEE-ESANE sector data for 2013, the turnover excluding tax is an average of 71,300 euros per employee and non-salaried employee in the landscaping services (NAF code 81.30Z). In other words, 200,000 euros invested can create or sustain three jobs. This is three times more than the average of different sectors of the economy.

Also, 57% of companies invested in the first half of 2016. These investments primarily concerned construction and tooling equipment (48%).

Qualified staff present in the field

Landscape employees are primarily workers (77%). Supervisory staff (technicians, supervisors, and managers) account for 14% of the salaried population.

84.5% of them work on construction sites.

Professionals in the sector are qualified: 86.5% of employees and 93% of business owners hold a degree (from CAP to engineer). They are young (34 years of average age among employees).

Finally, 82% of the contracts are permanent, and 91% are full-time.

Professional Rules For Landscaping Business

Landscape professionals write to them: companies, principals, consultants, teachers, suppliers, experts.

They are developed taking into account the state of knowledge at the time of writing, and existing documents on specific topics and thus constitute a photograph of the “good practices” of the sector.

They are all organized according to the same principle. Thus, we find:

  • The description of the subject treated, and the limits laid down;
  • A detailed glossary of terms used in the document;
  • Technical prescriptions organized according to the logic of the workflow;
  • Technical annexes that can be of different orders (specific functional complements, examples of methods to be implemented, etc.)

The professional rules applicable to any actor involved in the realization and maintenance of landscaping. Ultimately, these rules could become landscape norms.

AN ORGANIZATION ACCORDING TO COVER ALL THE LANDSCAPE OPERATIONS:

THE ARCHITECTURE OF PROFESSIONAL RULES

Here are some keypoints:

  • Plant implementation and maintenance work;
  • Landscaping and maintenance work on landscaping;
  • Construction and maintenance work in greening buildings;
  • Landscaping and maintenance of natural areas;
  • Creation and maintenance of sports floors.
  • Each axis includes professional rules for the creation and professional standards for maintenance.