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Green shoots? Practices are hiring again

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The number of practices taking on new staff has ballooned, with recruiters claiming the employment market is in the ‘best place’ for more than two years

Advertised vacancies with companies across the industry have increased over the past four months. Companies hunting for new blood include Caruso St John, Heatherwick Studio, ADAM, Holder Mathias and Gardner Stewart Architects.

According to Tamsyn Curley of Place Careers, the number of advertised architectural jobs has increased by a third since February, with hirers ranging from the ‘big global outfits to small one-man-bands.’ She added: ‘It hasn’t been like this for two years. It started four months ago and has been improving. The positivity is infectious.’

Curley said most placements are for ‘job runner’ architects – part III-qualified with three to eight years’ experience.

She was unsure when things would pick up for part IIs. Unlike in previous growth spurts, candidate searches were now ‘very specific’ to projects and RIBA work stages, she said.

However, Luke Schuberth, of Aukett Fitzroy Robinson, said the practice was looking to fill positions with younger staff. He said: ‘We have taken on six year-out students and are about to hire three more, which is the most we have done for a decade. We are also hoping to get very good people in now who can progress through the firm and plan out a strong career for them.’

‘We have progressed quite significantly in the last couple of years in terms of design and we are after people who are incredibly creative.’

Danny Robery of London-based Gardner Stewart Architects said: ‘Jobs are gradually becoming more available, as councils and people who own the land are now more willing to push ahead with projects than a year ago.’

Last week the AJ relaunched its jobs website which now features information about vacancies from across all sectors. The site also offers free careers advice and a facility for candidates to upload their CVs.


For more information visit the AJ jobs website

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  • If only these green shoots would make their way up to Scotland! Hopefully it's a sign of times to come.

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