17 Apr 2024

Last update 20 / 02 / 2024

Construction and Building survey

Survey definition

Annual survey that targets construction activities, including building construction, civil engineering, and specialized construction activities. The survey provides data and statistics on operating facilities in the sector and contributes to calculating the sector's contribution to the gross domestic product.

Survey objectives
  • Providing statistics on construction activity and measuring its contribution to economic development and its contribution to the gross domestic product.
  • Identifying the number of workers, compensation paid to workers, and expenses and revenues in the construction sector.
  •  Supporting decision-makers, policy-makers, researchers, and stakeholders with up-to-date and comprehensive statistics related to construction activity in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Key concepts

 

Complete construction of buildings: constructing buildings for residential, office, commercial, public, institutional, agricultural purposes, etc.

Complete construction works related to civil engineering: such as highways, roads, bridges, tunnels, railways, airports, ports, water projects, irrigation systems, drainage systems, industrial facilities, pipelines, power lines, sports facilities, etc.

Specialized construction activities as part of the construction process: such as constructing parts of a building, civil engineering works without full project responsibility.

 

FAQs

 

How long does it take to complete the questionnaire?

It takes 15-20 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

  • - Who is the recommended employee to complete the questionnaire?
  • The employee responsible for reports, financial statements, and payroll disclosure (company accountant).
  • - What is the target sample of the survey?
  • All establishments operating in the construction activity.
  • - What are modern construction techniques?

They are the modern techniques used in building design.

- What are the types of modern construction techniques?

- Precast concrete systems (insulated and hollow concrete manufactured in factories and then transported to the construction site for installation as walls and ceilings, known for their high quality and longer lifespan).

- Lightweight cellular concrete (lightweight concrete manufactured and processed in specialized factories to be lightweight and used in various types of construction for more flexibility and ease in design and construction).

- Tunnel formwork (ready-made formwork used for casting concrete for walls, ceilings, or floors in a single stage, with the ability to reuse the formwork for repetitive casting without the need for new formwork).

- Insulated concrete units (concrete units with high-quality thermal insulation properties, contributing to reduced electricity consumption in buildings).

- Lightweight prefabricated units and structures (pre-manufactured steel structures transported to the construction site and installed to support roofs and walls, usually in the form of vertical and horizontal steel grids).

- Ready-made concrete units (pre-made concrete units in the factory, including basic finishing works, transported to the construction site for direct installation).

- Others (any technique not mentioned above).

- What is meant by revenues from the main activity?

The value of work executed during the year by the establishment, including complete or partial contracting, in addition to the value of subcontracting assigned to secondary contractors.

- What is meant by specialized construction activities as part of the construction process?

Such as constructing parts of a building, civil engineering works without full project responsibility.

What type of contract is it?

a) Main contract (it is a main contract from the company)

b) Subcontract (where some subcontractors work with the company on works that the company does not have enough manpower or expertise for, so they hire some smaller companies on a subcontract basis to complete these works, and thus the value of the subcontract is agreed upon).

- What type of project is it?

a) Residential (such as residential complexes, houses, apartments, villas, etc.)

b) Non-residential (such as schools, hospitals, hotels, etc.)

c) Civil engineering constructions (such as pouring foundations, extending electrical wires, installing and extending computer and communication networks, etc.)

- What type of work is it?

a) new construction (projects under construction) b) Capital maintenance (maintenance of long-term and heavily capitalized projects with the aim of benefiting from, adding to, or improving capital assets).

c) Ongoing maintenance (periodic work required to maintain the project continuously)

- What is meant by annual depreciation?

It is the decrease in the value of capital assets resulting from their use in the production process during the year, or normal wear and tear, expected obsolescence, or the normal rate of accidents. It does not include the portion related to unexpected obsolescence, major losses, and depletion of natural resources.

- What is meant by intellectual property?

It is a category of property that includes intangible creations of the human mind. Examples of intellectual property include copyrights, patents, and industrial designs.

- What is meant by subcontractors?

They are those who specialize in contracting work, such as carpentry contractors, ironwork contractors, painting contractors, etc. Some subcontractors work with the company on works that the company does not have enough.

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What personal data is collected?
Various types of personal data and information is collected, which cover all aspects of life in the Kingdom: (demographic, social, economic, environmental, and cultural), including but not limited to:
Full name, age/date of birth, sex, address, contact information (e.g.: email address and phone numbers), ID number, marital status, current job information, previous job information, information about dependents/spouse/household.
How is personal data collected and what is the purpose?
Personal data is collected and obtained "directly or indirectly", using various methods, which include:
 
       
- Direct methods of obtaining personal data:
- Field visit to the household or establishment by GASTAT’s staff or one of its representatives. 
- Phone call by GASTAT’s staff through the unified phone number:920020081.
- Self-completion on GASTAT’s website.
 
 
Indirect methods of obtaining personal data:
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By collecting data, GASTAT aims to produce official statistics that serve the public interest, i.e., any personal data collected, whether it belongs to the individual, or on behalf of another individual, will be used for statistical purposes and the production of official statistics.
 How do we use your personal data?
We use personal data collected directly or indirectly to produce official statistics that serve the public interest, and support policymakers and decision makers in advancing the implementation of development plans. GASTAT is the only official statistical reference for implementing, supervising, and regulating the statistical work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  
How do we share your personal data?
Your personal information won't be given to any third party for the purpose of direct marketing. We are also dedicated to protecting the confidentiality of all Saudi Arabia’s resident data, and not disclosing it. GASTAT abides by the participation guidelines that the regulators have approved. We also pledge to enforce the laws governing data confidentiality, non-disclosure, and personal data protection vigorously and strictly.
The legal basis for collecting and processing personal data:
According to the policy of personal data protection issued by the National Data Management Office, the legal basis for collecting and processing personal data is: 
- our explicit consent, and you can withdraw your consent at any time except for some exceptions explained above, and to do so you can contact the Data Governance Department.
- Legal Obligation: The regulations and bylaws in force - including Royal and High Orders - are a legal basis on which GASTAT can rely if the collection and processing of personal data is necessary to comply with these statutory requirements.
- Public Interest: Statistics collected from personal data aim to support policymakers, and decision makers to advance the implementation of Saudi Arabia's development plans.
How do we store your personal data?
Your personal data is stored securely in the technical assets of GASTAT in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Your personal data is kept for a specified period, after which we dispose of this data securely so that it cannot be accessed or restored again, based on GASTAT’s data preservation and destruction policy.
Rights of personal data owner:
Under the personal data policy, you have the following rights, which depend primarily on the purpose of collecting and processing personal data:
- Right to access personal data: you have the right to request a copy of your personal data, such data will be provided to you within seven working days via email DPO@stats.gov.sa
- Right to dispose personal data: you have the right to request the disposal of your personal data in certain circumstances that do not contradict with the legal basis based on which data was collected.
- Right to restrict data processing: you can restrict the processing of your personal data in certain circumstances and for specific period of time.
- Right to object to processing: you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data that is not inconsistent with the legal basis.
- Right to transfer your personal data: you have the right to ask us to transfer your personal data - collected directly from you - to another party, or to deliver it to you for a fee. This right cannot be exercised if your consent is the legal basis for processing.
Except as otherwise specified, you are not required to pay any fees for exercising these rights, and in the event that a request is made to exercise one of these rights, you will be responded to within (7 days) from the request date.
Furthermore, it should be stressed here that some of these rights (the right to data disposal, the right to data transfer, and the right to object to processing) are not absolute rights but rather depend on the primary purpose and the legal basis mentioned earlier. Other than that, they are regarded as absolute rights.
For more details about the processing of your personal data and how to exercise your rights, you can contact the Data Protection Officer at GASTAT using the contact information provided below:
Except as stipulated, you are not required to pay any fee for the exercise of these rights, and if an application is made to exercise one of these rights you will be answered within (7 days) of the date of application.
It must also be emphasized here that some of these rights (the right to destroy data, the right to transmit data, the right to object to processing) are not absolute rights, but rather depend on the main purpose and statutory basis referred to earlier, and otherwise are absolute rights.
For more details about the processing of your personal data and how to exercise your rights, you can contact the Authority's Personal Data Protection Officer according to the contact data below:
How to submit a complaint?
If you have any complaints or issues regarding our adherence to the National Data Management Office's policy regarding the protection of personal data, you can contact the Data Governance Department via email at info@stats.gov.sa
You can email the GASTAT’s Data Governance Department at DPO@stats.gov.sa  to file a complaint if you are dissatisfied with how we handled your complaint or if we did not reply to you within three working days.
If GASTAT’s Data Governance Department does not resolve your complaint within 7 days, you may also file a complaint with the National Data Management Office about how we use your personal data.
 
Address of National Data Management Office:
 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh.
Website: Complaints (sdaia.gov.sa) 

 

Start and end date of data collection 

From 03/09/2023 to 21/10/2023.

Methods of data collection 

 

computer-assisted telephone interviewing
Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI).

 

 

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