Architecture graduate unemployment reaches new high
Less than half of all architecture graduates are in employment six months after graduation
The figures from the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) found that just 47.9 per cent of a total 1,975 students had found work in half a year, with almost 10 per cent assumed to be unemployed.
Mike Hill, chief executive of HECSU, said: ‘We’re now starting to see the extent of the impact the recession has had on graduate employment.
‘Any signs of economic recovery may not be reflected in the destinations of new graduates until the 2010 graduating cohort. In fact it’s likely that unemployment for 2009 graduates may be even higher than that reported here.’
The most popular field of employment for architecture graduates was in the draughtsperson and building inspectors field, accounting for 41.7 per cent of those employed, while 31 per cent opted for architecture, town planning and surveying.
According to the survey 15.1 per cent of architecture graduates are undertaking work and further study, while 13 per cent opted for further study alone.