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RIBA survey: 'sustained improvement' in industry confidence

The Royal Institute of British Architects has said that this month’s Future Trends Survey continued ‘the trend of positive figures seen since the beginning of 2013’

Despite the Institute’s positive feedback the ‘workload index’ used to create the survey actually fell marginally in August 2013 to +22, down one balance point from +23 in July 2013.

But RIBA said the broader picture was that the index has remained ‘firmly in positive territory’.

In a statement RIBA said: ‘All categories of practices by size, and all the nations and regions in the UK, returned positive workload forecast balance figures in August 2013, suggesting that the sustained improvement in confidence levels is widespread and no longer confined to particular sectors and geographical locations.’

RIBA said the survey can be taken as a barometer for the wider UK construction industry.

Adrian Dobson, RIBA director of practice added: “This sense of an improving picture in relation to employment opportunities is reinforced by the fact that our practices report that they are employing 10 per cent more students than they were twelve months ago. 

‘The improvement in student employment levels is heartening, given that architecture students were disproportionately impacted by the recession,’ said Dobson.

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