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.