The construction sector maintained its level of activity in 2022 despite the supply crisis and rising prices, according to data from Nalanda, the leading document management platform for the coordination of business activities in Spain, which registered 18,696 works last year, 5.5% more than in 2021.

This figure was split evenly between the two half-year periods, so growth was stable throughout the year, with 9,388 works in the first half of the year and 9,308 in the second half.

«We have been able to observe that the ones that have grown the most have been the works with a budget of more than 1 million euros, probably due to inflation and the increase in the cost of materials and transport,» explains Nalanda’s Marketing Director (CMO), Ricardo Muriel.

The number of works offered by autonomous communities in 2022 was led by Catalonia, with 19.5% of the total (3,653 projects), followed by Andalusia (2,995, 16% of the market), Madrid (2,188, 11.7%) and the Valencian Community (1,763, 9.4%).

The highest growth rates were recorded in the Basque Country, with an increase of 64% and a total of 1,298 works; Cantabria, which grew by 23%; Madrid, by 16%; Castilla La Mancha, by 13%, and Catalonia, which increased tendering by 12%. Andalusia (10%), Aragon (3.5%) and La Rioja (10%) also grew this year.

The Community of Valencia maintained its high records with hardly any growth in the number of works, with almost 10% of those tendered in Spain, and the rest of the autonomous communities tendered fewer projects through the Nalanda platform than in 2021.

Thus, the regions that saw the greatest decrease in the number of projects last year were Ceuta (-30%), Asturias (-24%), Murcia (-23.5%), the Balearic Islands (-17.5%), the Canary Islands (-16%), Navarre (-15.5%), Melilla (-12.5%) and Galicia (-11%).

The average number of workers per site grew by 25% during the second half of the year, while the number of contractors entering the works decreased.

According to Nalanda’s data, an average of 82 workers worked on each project during the period from July to December, compared to an average of 66 during the same period in 2021.

«This increase in the number of workers per contract and per project may be a consequence of the fact that there is a process of concentration among contractor companies, which are seeking to offer a wider range of specialities in order to provide construction companies with more global services,» says Muriel.