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Hourly rates remain static despite recession

Sole architect practitioners are charging the same hourly rate as they did last year, while quantity surveyors have seen large falls in their fees, new figures have revealed

According to the annual pan-construction industry survey published yesterday by The Fees Bureau, sole principals are still charging £75 per hour, although associate architects have seen their rates drop by £3 to £70 per hour.

Rates for civil and structural engineers also remained static however quantity surveyors saw a substantial reduction in their rates, down to £50 per hour this year from £60 per hour in 2008.

Brian Waters, ACA president, said: ‘The fact that it’s worse for quantity surveyors will always make architects feel better. But it really is a question of supply and demand and the demand just isn’t there at the moment.

‘The fact that the principals are hanging on to their hourly rate, which is meagre, means that assistants somewhere must have been losing their jobs.’

The average fees charged for new work are also on a decline, according to the bureau’s specialist fee index, showing a decline of four points (from 107 to 103 points).

 

Professionhourly rate in 2009hourly rate in 2008percentage difference

Architects

Sole principal
Associate

 

75
70

 

75
73

 

0
-4

Quantity surveyors

Sole principal
Associate

 

50
60

 

60
66

 

-17
-10

Civil & Structural engineers

Sole principal
Associate

 

75
70

 

75
70

 

0
0

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