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RIBA survey shows positive September

Architects experienced a positive September, both in terms of workload prediction and staffing, according to the latest RIBA Future Trends Survey.

The number of practices predicting an increase in workload was up to 33 per cent, from 22 per cent in August, while the number that predicted a decline in workload stayed largely the same.

Changes in predictions for staff retention also reflected tentative improvements, with only 5 per cent of practices predicted an increase in staff -a marginal improvement to 4 per cent in August.

Adrian Dobson, RIBA director of practice, said: ‘The September figures reflect modest improvements across staffing and workloads, but it is clear that practices are not yet sufficiently confident of improvement in workload prospects to return to recruitment on any significant scale; nearly one third of survey respondents continue to indicate that they are currently personally under-employed.’

The trend compares favourably with the latest Glenigan industry tracker data, which showed that the number of projects going on hold continues to decline.

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