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Architects’ dole queue growing

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The number of architects claiming unemployment benefit has risen for the third month in a row

There are currently 1,275 people claiming UK unemployment benefit who state their usual occupation to be architect, according to the latest government statistics. Last month the figure was marginally lower at 1,250.

The upturn over the last quarter follows almost a year of steadily dropping unemployment numbers falling from a peak of 2,055 in August 2009.

The turning point came in June this year, a month before BSF was cancelled and as the profession braced itself for a ‘double-dip’ recession . The figure then was 1,055.

Karl Haden, managing director of SIV Human Resources, said: ‘We have seen a significant slowdown in August and September. However the last couple of weeks jobs have been up especially in the residential and commercial.

‘It is a worry we have clients saying “wait and see” after the spending review. We are set to bump along the bottom until 2012. Now we are getting the majority of work overseas.’

There are now nine times more architects out of work than in September 2007 when just 145 were officially unemployed.

Unemployment in the profession’s true scale is obscured by the fact many out-of-work architects fail to sign-on and officially register as unemployed.



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