AJ100 practices Make and Sheppard Robson have confirmed they have laid off staff due to economic uncertainties caused by the EU referendum
The AJ understands that Amanda Levete’s practice AL_A has also let a handful of employees go in recent weeks.
Ken Shuttleworth of Make, which was recently named AJ100 Employer of the Year, said: ’We are truly saddened to have been forced to let go 10 people in our London studio due to the economic uncertainty surrounding the EU referendum.
‘It is never an easy decision to have to make, but was unavoidable in the wake of serious economic volatility. The industry is reeling from Brexit and we hope that stability will return to the markets as soon as possible.’
Meanwhile a spokesman for Sheppard Robson - the UK’s fourth biggest practice with a workforce of 359 - said: ’A few of our clients appeared to pause for breath in the run-up to the Brexit vote and as a result the practice released a very small number of staff equating to less than 2 per cent.’
AL_A refused to comment.
Dave Madden at Bristol-based recruitment agency Mustard said: ’There will always be large companies, doing large projects, which will go up and down in size depending on whether those schemes are progressing. For us, we have as many new jobs on our books [where practices are looking for staff] as we did before the vote.
‘It is still very, very early. There are a few design and build interiors firms who don’t know what is going on. But it is short-term shock and, given that nothing has actually happened or will for the next two years, in the medium-term things will be OK.’
He added: ’Is the financial centre going to go away from London overnight? No. Is the architectural centre of the world, which frankly is in London, going to disappear? No.’
In a comment piece published today, former RIBA president Jack Pringle predicted the UK was set for a two-year recession.