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Construction glossary

What is Overhead?

Overhead, in the context of the construction industry, refers to the general, ongoing expenses associated with managing a construction company or project that cannot be directly linked to individual construction jobs or projects. These expenses can include administrative costs such as office rentals, utility costs, support staff salaries, and costs associated with legal compliance, insurance, and marketing. Overhead also includes costs associated with maintaining and repairing equipment, employee training, travel expenses, and team benefits. These costs are necessary for the business operation but do not contribute directly to a specific project’s profit. A proper understanding and efficient management of overhead costs are essential to maintaining business profitability and competitiveness.