Confidence in the future is high amongst architects

The latest Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Future Trends survey showed that architects in the UK are optimistic about the future.

The RIBA Future Trends Workload Index grew from +29 in September to +37 during October, 2014. Confidence levels in this area are also reportedly high across the whole Britain. In Wales and the West, confidence levels were reported at +28, and in Scotland, they were at +80.

Medium-sized architecture practices were the most confident about the future. Those with between one to ten employees reported confidence levels of just +32, whereas medium-sized practices had a balance figure of +67. The result for the largest firms, which employ more than 50 staff, was +60.

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

“The recovery in architectural workloads continues to be driven by the private housing and commercial sectors, but there is also a sense that the outlook for public sector work is at least stable at present and more predictable than it has been in recent years.”

The private housing sector forecast rose by four points. For the commercial sector, the forecast was the same in October as it was in September, at +19.

However, there was less confidence about staffing within the industry, with the RIBA Future Trends Staffing Index decreased slightly. In September of 2014, the index was +15, however, in October it was +14. This means that fewer architects in North Wales and other parts of the UK anticipate employing more staff in the near future.

Posted by Matt Hughes
December 10, 2014

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