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Dramatic fall in architects on unemployment benefit

The number of architects claiming unemployment benefits has fallen by a quarter in a year

Analysis of Office for National Statistics data shows that 600 claimants of Jobseekers Allowance in July usually worked as architects.

This is down from 825 in the same month last year.

The news comes weeks after AJ reported that architecture firms were hopeful of growing workloads this year.

The RIBA’s June Future Trends survey found a growing number of practices were predicting an increase in expected workloads in the next quarter of the year.

Meanwhile, the ONS revealed that 0.9 per cent more people worked in the construction sector in the second quarter of 2013 than in the same period the previous year.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Job seekers allowance is only available for a certain length of time as it is not means tested. Once this period comes to an end if someone else in the household is earning a salary then it is very unlikely that job seekers allowance will continue. So it maybe that it is simply that there are still many architects who live with a partner, wife, husband, who are still unemployed and not earning but unable to continue claiming job seekers, and therefore will not show up in statistics.

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