Architectural practices expect to employ more staff

The latest Royal Institute of British Architecture Future Trends Survey shows that despite a fall in the number of public sector projects, the UK’s architects still feel that demand overall, will grow.

There seems to be a growing demand for temporary staff. For the next quarter, 17% of practices are expecting to need to recruit temporary staff, but will continue to employ permanent staff as well. Only 2% of the participants expected to need less permanent staff. In addition, architectural practices are employing, on average, 5% more students than they did 12 months ago.

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

“Our employment index has been in very positive territory for some time and there is every indication that the employment market for salaried architects will remain strong over the coming quarter.”

Confidence levels vary depending on the size of the practice, the part of the country the practice is based in, and the sector it specialises in. Practices in the North of the UK were the most confident about growth. Medium sized practices are the most likely to increase their staffing levels over the coming quarter.

Architects on the Wirral and in most of the rest of the UK that work in the commercial sector are anticipating the strongest growth. The forecast according to the RIBA Future Trends Workload Index for the commercial sector had increased to +21. For the community sector, it is only +4 and for the public sector, the index is down to -1. Demand for the private housing sector the index is +34, but that is down slightly on April’s figure, which was +38.

Posted by Mark
July 9, 2015

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