British architects ‘confident’ about next few months

Across the UK architecture sector, staffing levels are up and practices are confident about the future of the industry, according to a report.

Each quarter, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) surveys its membership. This poll is called the Future Trends Workload Index, and it measures the level of confidence amongst British architects and records the amount of work that is available.

Adrian Dobson, RIBA’s director of practice, commented:

“The overall picture is still one in which confidence levels amongst architects about future workloads are high. The rising Future Trends Staffing Index indicates a strong feeling that the current market for architectural services is stable or growing for the vast majority of practices.”

Staffing levels were revealed to be up by an average of 6% in comparison to the same quarter of 2014. However, 13% of those who responded said that they had been underemployed in the month before they filled in the survey. There is also intense competition in some sectors, with firms reporting tight margins.

However, more architects in North Wales and the rest of the UK are finding work. Statistics from the Office of National Statistics showed that only 130 architects signed on in April, 2015. That is the lowest level since January of 2005.

Architects are most optimistic about the private housing and commercial sectors. The workload forecast for the private housing sector is up by a score of 38. For commercial development, confidence had increased by 15 points.

Posted by Mark
June 25, 2015
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