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Architect unemployment continues to fall

The number of unemployed architects has fallen for the second month in a row, with the dole queue levels now back to where they stood in May (2009)

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 290 fewer architects claiming unemployment benefit for October compared to August this year when 2,055 were on the dole - the highest figure ever recorded for the profession.

The shock August figures equated to just over 6 per cent of all registered architects. But the most recent October figures show the figure now closer to 5 per cent.

The number of architects on the dole fell by 80 in the month from August to September, and by 210 in the month from September to October.

In recent weeks practice such as PLP Architecture and Nightingales have all started looking for new staff. Nic Allen, the managing director of Devereux Architects, told the AJ his practice also had vacancies. He said: ‘We’ve just opened an office in Manchester to increase our presence and are currently recruiting new staff.

‘We’re feeling confident about the future….having attracted a number of projects in healthcare and education.’

Even so, there are still more than 3.5 times more unemployed architects than there were this time last year when only 480 were claiming benefit.

There are currently 1,765 people claiming unemployment benefit and stating their usual occupation to be ‘architect’, the same figure recorded for May 2009.

Meanwhile, the AJ reported last week that less than half of all architecture graduates were in employment six months after graduation.

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