Arup Associates has begun a recruitment drive after landing several major projects including the new £355 million advanced engine facility in Staffordshire for Jaguar Land Rover.
The practice is also looking for staff following the partial resurrection of its King Abdullah Sports City scheme on a different site in Saudi Arabia (pictured).
Arup Associates had originally planned the development and had ‘hundreds’ of staff working on the scheme before its shock collapse last summer.
Paul Brislin from Arup Associates, confirmed the new sports complex will include a 60,000-seat, naturally ventilated stadium, a multipurpose athletics facility and a mosque. The practice, however, refused to comment on the Jaguar Land Rover project.
The AJ understands AJ100-listed practice Swanke Hayden Connell is hunting for architects, especially with healthcare expereicne, and that Benoy - which has seen an 18 per cent increase in staff this year - is also recruiting.
Dave Madden of specialist recruitment agency Mustard admitted he was ‘quite optimistic’ about the jobs market in the final quarter of 2011 and next year. He said: ‘We’re seeing a general, but still a little nervous, rise in the recruitment market. Emanating from London into the Counties but now with live opportunities in both the North & South West.’.
He added: ‘A lot of the upturn has been in the smaller to medium outfits, as the larger firms have struggled with the size of projects they need to open the doors.
‘Essentially we have found that the bigger firms are relying on contract and fixed term to alleviate their short term requirements.’
Lindsay Urquhart, of recruitment agency Bespoke Careers, was also upbeat about the jobs situation, especially in the capital. She said: ‘We’ve just had the best month in London for more than three years. People are hiring permanent staff as well as contractors.’
She added: ‘London-based practices with overseas work appear to be going strong, but those in the regions who replied on education and public projects still seem to be struggling.’