Majority of UK’s architects working flat out

The latest Royal Institute of Architects (RIBA) future trends survey is once again showing that demand for the services of architects is strong and likely to grow.

Under-employment levels for the sector are at an all time low, and the workload forecast is the highest it has ever been at +44, which is up from the May 2015 forecast, which was +37.

This confidence is felt everywhere. Architects in Chester and the rest of the UK expect to see demand for their work grow over the coming months. All of the UK’s regions returned a positive balance result.

Currently, firms in East Anglia and the Midlands are the most confident that they will have plenty of work in the next three months. Both areas returned a positive balance figure of +51.

The larger practices are the ones that are the most positive. Small firms are expecting more work, with a score of +42, but for large practices the figure is +71 and for medium sized firms it is +47.

The vast majority of practices, 98%, said that they expect to either retain their current staffing levels or recruit more. Only 9% or respondents said that they had personally experienced under employment during the preceding quarter.

Growth is being anticipated across the industry, but those firms involved in the private housing sector that the ones anticipating the strongest growth. There should be growth in the public and community sectors as well, but those architectural practices involved in these areas were not expecting a high level of growth.

Posted by Matt Hughes
August 6, 2015

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