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Architect unemployment falls again

The number of unemployed architects has fallen for the third month in a row - drropping below the ‘out of work’ levels in March (2009)

There are currently 1,455 people claiming unemployment benefit and stating their usual occupation to be ‘architect’. This compares with 1,595 people in November and 1,765 in October.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures for December, 600 fewer architects are claiming unemployment benefit than at the peak of the recession in August this year, when 2,055 were on the dole. This was the highest figure ever recorded for the profession and equated to just over six per cent of all registered architects.

Prior to the credit crunch the average number of architects claiming the dole was around 225.

Readers' comments (3)

  • Interesting. I'm an architect who was made redundant several months ago, and have spent every day since then actively seeking employment in the UK and overseas, to the extent that several recruitment agency staff are now on my xmas card list. During this time I have had 3 interviews. I hear of new architect redundancies on a weekly basis, and everyone I know who's still employed, from director level to year-out students, are on dramatically reduced salaries. I think I'm not the only reader who is slightly cynical about these government-endorsed statistics and would be really interested if the AJ could identify where the architects who are no longer on the unemployment register have gone to. My suspicion is that it's not in to architectural practice, but I'd love to be proven wrong. Perhaps the ARB register might be a good source, even if it's just for previous months. To all those who've secured full time jobs in their chosen profession in these trying times - we salute you. Now, back to the job sites...

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  • ...and neither do these figures accommodate the full picture, by the omission of all design personnel such as Technicians / Technologists & support staff.

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  • Correct. And don't forget that for every architect / technician / technologist, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of tradespeople, admin' staff and others, as well as their families who are affected. Such a waste.

    On the bright side, if Sir Fred Goodwin, with zero qualifications or experience, can secure a job with one of the big architect firms then there's hope for us all. Please ignore that background noise you might hear. It's just the sound of my ruby slippers grinding together.

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