In the cleaning sector, the main change has been the development of more environmentally friendly products. Technological change has not had a big impact. Cleaning continues to be very labour-intensive and is predicted to remain so in the future.
The pest control sector has experienced a general tightening of standards over the past five years and operators must now successfully undertake nationally accredited training. The future of this sector is likely to focus on prevention, and a greater awareness of the environmental impact of using chemicals. Global and local factors will be important, including: global warming; longer pest seasons; increased survival of pests over winter; growing urbanisation; dense availability of waste; central heating; human population increases; and increased global travel.
Source: Artibus Innovation, Industry Sector Report: Building Cleaning, Pest Control and Gardening Services Sector
The fire protection sector has seen significant research and development of new security and fire systems, particularly of more sophisticated systems, including the new biometric areas which involve fingerprint, iris and facial recognition access and control systems. Regulation of the sector is increasing, with many compliance standards for products and installation, and registration requirements for specific installation procedures.
Source: Artibus Innovation, Industry Sector Report: Building Installation Services Sector