Employment in the UK’s architectural industry is expected to grow by 1,000 over the next four years
According to the CITB’s annual Construction Skills Network (CSN) forecast, growing demand is expected to see the sector reach 46,370 workers by 2018.
The numbers of architects, architectural technicians and other ancillary roles are all expected to rise.
The change in predicted fortunes has been linked to increased demand for new housing which is forecasted to make up more than a third of the UK’s total annual construction output during the period.
The prediction came shortly after the total number of architects claiming unemployment benefit fell for the fifth consecutive month. According to the Office for National Statistics there are now 430 architects claiming the dole – the lowest number since September 2008. Architects’ optimism fell slightly in December however according to the RIBA future trends survey.
Commenting on future employment trends, CITB chair James Wates said: ‘The CSN report shows that the economy is turning the corner and the architecture sector will benefit from that. But growth needs to be sustainable; underpinned by long-term infrastructure projects and continued investment.’
He continued: ‘The Government’s ‘Help-to-Buy’ scheme has kick-started demand across the housing market and announcements on nuclear power, rail and roads have the potential to breathe fresh life into infrastructure and industry.’
1,000 more architectural jobs predicted by 2018