The number of architects claiming unemployment benefit has again fallen for the fourth month in a row
As few as 1,105 architects are now claiming benefits – the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show.
The figure is just above what it was this time two years ago, when the profession had yet to feel the worse of the recession.
The unemployment total for people who described their usual occupation as architect peaked at 2,055 in August 2009 and, apart from a slight rise last summer, has since fallen consistently.
Today the dole queue represents about three per cent of the UK’s total profession, which is an improvement on 2009’s six per cent peak.
Nevertheless, a large number of architects are thought to be subsisting without social security payments, masking the true depth of the architectural appointments shortage.
Nationally the number of jobless soared last month by 49,000 to a total of 2.5 million.