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Unemployment watch: 1,490 architects now claiming benefit

The number of architects claiming jobseeker’s allowance has jumped to 1,490, according to the Office for National Statistics

The latest figures (March 2009) mark an 861 per cent increase from this time last year, when just 155 architects were claiming, and show a 15 per cent jump from the 1,290 ‘officially’ unemployed in February 2009.

Architects are currently the worst-affected built environment professionals, faring worse than town planners, quantity surveyors and construction managers.

The maximum an unemployed architect can claim is £64.30 per week, which works out at £3,343.60 per year compared to an average gross salary of £38,000 (based on AJ100 figures).

There is some debate regarding the accuracy of unemployment figures based on number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance - although many redundancy insurance policies require claimants to sign-on before making a claim, many people may be relying on savings or part-time jobs instead.

Readers' comments (1)

  • But what good is it to sign on to Jobseeker''s not like they have any incentive to help architects or training-to-be architects find a new job in architect; we're condemned to feeling like we are our own creatures and must look after our own, only.
    I think it is about time the Government, RIBA and ARB pulled their fingers out and took charge to stabalise and encourage confidence in this industry again, providing incentives and other help to get architects back working, and give training-architect-wannabees the chances to continue (without disruption) studying and experiencing - where is their protection? They pay to study on a course in architecture and then require a year of experience to move on further into their studies, and yet there's no protection to guarantee them that opportunity to have that experience available- where is the concern for our very own future in that line of thought?

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