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Architects less optimistic over future workloads

September saw a significant increase in architects’ pessimism over future workloads

The latest RIBA future trends survey recorded a seven point drop in its workloads index from +4 in August to -3 in September.

Based on a survey of whether or not architects expect more jobs, the negative index indicates that most respondents were pessimistic.

In London the figure was higher at +9 while the most significant increase was recorded in the Midlands and East Anglia which recorded +14.

The institute’s staffing index also plunged to new depths falling from -3 in August to -6 in September.

The index is based on the difference between those expecting to take on more permanent staff in the next three months and those expecting to employ fewer.

Government figures showed in September the number of architects claiming job seekers’ allowance dropped slightly for the first time in three months.

According to the RIBA survey, around 24 percent of respondents meanwhile reported that they had personally been under-employed in the previous month.

A further 57 per cent of survey respondents expected no change in workloads over the next quarter.

RIBA director of practice Adrian Dobson said: ’86 per cnet of respondents reported that they expect their staffing levels to be unchanged over the coming quarter.

‘This continues to reflect a situation in which practices are able to maintain current staffing levels but remain cautious about additional recruitment.’



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