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RIBA makes staff cuts

The RIBA has confirmed it is to let staff go to 'reduce expenditure'

The institute has admitted to the AJ it is to make a handful of redundancies as a result of the credit crunch.

It is understood around 10 posts will be lost at the RIBA’s Portland Place headquarters in London – although, because a number of positions are currently vacant, only five payrolled staff will leave.

Meanwhile, it is believed two jobs at RIBA Enterprises have also gone and reduced working hours have been brought in elsewhere.

A spokesman for the institute said: ‘The recession naturally affects the RIBA as it does our members’ practices in the UK and internationally, as well as many other businesses.

‘[We] can expect lower revenues and some higher costs in 2009 and 2010 at least.’

In order to ‘reduce expenditure’ the institute confirmed it had undertaken a range ‘of savings measures [involving] cutting some jobs and regrettably making a small number of staff redundant'.

A spokesman added: ‘Voluntary redundancy and reduced working days have also been agreed in some cases.’

Intriguingly RIBA membership numbers have actually risen this year from 41,480 in January to 43,214 at the beginning of last month.

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