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RIBA survey: workloads rising but confidence still fragile

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More practices are expecting increased workloads in the coming months, according to the RIBA’s Future Trends Survey for October

However, despite reporting a rise in the number of practices expecting heavier workloads - 33 per cent in October, compared to 31 per cent in September - the institute warned that the latest figures did not represent a ‘sustained’ trend of confidence growth.

Worryingly, the number of practices predicting a decline in workload remained constant at 16 per cent . The number of outfits expecting a decrease in staffing levels also stayed static at 13 per cent.

Adrian Dobson, the RIBA’s director of practice, said: ‘The figures for October reveal little change from September, reinforcing our suggestion last month that practices do not yet appear to be sufficiently confident of an improvement in prospects to return to recruitment on any significant scale,’

Meanwhile increased staff levels were predicted by seven per cent of practices surveyed in October, compared to 5 per cent in September – and the number of women in practice remained constant at 21 per cent.

The monthly RIBA Future Trends Survey was established in January 2009 to monitor business and employment trends affecting the architecture profession.

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