The number of architects claiming unemployment benefits has fallen despite an increase in the total number of UK unemployed to 2.47 million
More than half of architects are on the dole compared with peak levels last August, when 2,055 were claiming. The number of ‘officially’ out of work architects is now 1,125.
The drop marks the ninth consecutive monthly fall and comes despite a new wave of project cancellations and growing uncertainty over publicly funded schemes.
Lindsay Urquhart of Bespoke Careers said: ‘There’s definitely more work around. There’s a lot of contract [positions] but less so on the permanent side, which makes sense because people don’t want to commit.’
There is a growing trend for three to six months contracts and a demand for French-speaking designers, she said.
Architects’ unemployment however is 800 per cent higher than two years ago before the worst of the recession took bite, figures from the office for national statistics show.
The total level of UK unemployment rose in the three months to April by 23,000 to 2.47 million.