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Government cutbacks force architects to dole queue

The number of architects on the dole has rising sharply over the last month, compounding fears that cutbacks in government spending will affect employment in the profession

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that 1,175 architects claimed unemployment benefits in July – up 11.5 per cent from the previous month and the first increase since last October (2009).

The trend is particularly alarming as the surge coincides with the government’s announcement on 5 July to scrap its Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, and more misery is set to come when the coalition’s full comprehensive spending review is announced in the autumn.

Karl Haden , managing director of SIV Human Resources, said: ‘Where we thought candidates were solid and safe with their practices, they’ve been given their marching orders.’

‘We have seen architects coming to us who have been working for a long time, coming out of practices that were doing education projects, primarily BSF stuff, so that explains a little bit of the increase.’

Unemployment figures in the sector peaked in August 2009, when 2,055 architects claimed the dole.

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