About us

The Specialist Trade Contractors Federation is an umbrella group of organisations representing the specialist trades that are the backbone of our building and construction industry.

Our members include specialists in electrical, painting, plumbing, gasfitting, drainlaying, scaffolding, heating and ventilation, reinforcing, roofing, precast concrete, ceilings, walls and linings. (See our member listings for a full list of members.)

Our member services

We work on behalf of specialist trades to:


The Federation was established in 1997 to represent specialist trades in the building and construction industry in industry-wide issues. Its early campaigns to improve cashflow issues in the industry resulted in the passing of the Construction Contracts Act 2002. The Federation has continued this work closely with government and industry.

Current projects

We are currently engaged in several significant construction industry improvement projects. Learn all about them here.