Architects are enjoying the highest pay rises for a decade, with average earnings up by 6 per cent to £28,500, 4 per cent above inflation. Young architects are topping the league table, with those under 30 seeing earnings rise by 13 per cent, says the Architects' Employment and Earnings Survey. The rises are due to recent growth in building activity and the demand for buildings for the Millennium. Small and medium-sized firms are winning much of the work. However the survey revealed that the number of sole practitioners had slumped 13 per cent from last year.