RIBA trend report shows increasing demand for architects

The latest survey from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) revealed that most UK architects expect their workloads to be stable or increase over the next few months.

According to the monthly trend report, which polled a cross section of the society’s members, demand for architectural services is on the rise throughout Britain.

Overall confidence that workloads will remain strong is high, with only 9% of respondents expecting their amount of work to decrease. The rest expected demand for their services to either stay the same or increase.

Firms in London and Scotland were the most confident. They returned balance figures of +38 and +33 respectively.

However, while architects in North Wales do expect growth to occur, the anticipated levels in most of Wales and the West were lower than for other parts of the UK. According to the RIBA poll, a balance figure of +12 was recorded for Wales and the West combined.

Much of the UK growth is coming from the fact that there is strong demand for new buildings from both the private and commercial sectors.

Adrian Dobson, the Director of Practice for RIBA, said:

“The outlook for architects’ services continues to improve steadily, with many practices reporting a significant increase in the levels of enquiries they are receiving.”

Furthermore, around 15% of the firms surveyed stated that they were looking for new staff who would be employed under permanent contracts. Only 5% were planning to cut back on staffing levels.

Posted by Matt Hughes
September 4, 2014
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