Here we have the truly global players. But HOK, at the top of the tree, thought that at this time last year it would be adding three per cent to its 875 qualified architects.
Unfortunately, it has gone in the other direction, losing 42 along the way.
Wimberly Allison Tong and Goo, as we have seen elsewhere in this feature, has also had to rein back - last year it had 175 architects outside of the UK and expected to add 139 per cent to that workforce.However, the dramatic reality is that the firm has contracted over that period and now has 35 fewer architects. And it looks like this will continue, with the firm projecting that 10 per cent more will leave the firm.
Clearly, with WAT&G's niche being hospitality, leisure, and entertainment - 'We have aligned ourselves with the world's largest industry - travel and tourism, ' it says - world events are making an impact.
Gensler comes in this year at 2 with 530 - it would have made the table last year if it had supplied information on how many architects it had outside the UK. For the record, it had 645, so lost 115. RTKL actually added staff. It now has 180, compared to 135 last time - a jump of 45 architects, or 15 per cent.