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Architect unemployment continues to fall

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The latest data shows the number of architects claiming benefits has fallen for the sixth month in a row

According to the Office for National Statistics, the total number of those claiming the dole and stating their usual occupation to be ‘architect’ has dropped to 1,385.

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in February was 1,430.

The latest figure is just above the total this time last year, when it was 1,290. The number of architects claiming benefit peaked in August 2009 at 2,055.


Although 1,385 ‘architects’ are out of work, a slightly smaller total of 1,365 are listed as actively seeking architect jobs.

Of those, 1,050 are male and 335 are female.

Previous story (AJ 17.02.10)

Unemployment figures: fewer architects on benefits

The number of architects claiming unemployed benefit has fallen for the fifth month in a row

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit and stating their ‘usual occupation’ to be architect has dropped to 1,430 according to the Office for National Statistics.

The figure reached a record high of 2,055 in August 2009 and has since fallen month-on-month. The figure was 1,455 in December 2009.

Even so, the number of claimants is nearly 10 times higher than the figure for January 2008, 10 months before the credit crunch hit home in earnest.

Meanwhile, 965 architectural technologists and town planning technicians are claiming benefits. Collectively, there are 4,070 architects, town planners and surveyors in the dole queue.

Karl Haden, managing director of SIV Human Resources said: ‘In terms of numbers [of out-of-work architects], our phone certainly isn’t ringing with as many desperate candidates.’

‘We’ve seen a significant pick up in enquiries and in job orders,’ said Haden, adding: ‘Quite a few of our clients are starting to hire again and are leaning quite significantly towards the residential design sector.’

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