The number of jobless architects is back on the rise according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures
After only a minor increase in June – when just 15 new claims were registered – it was hoped the number of out-of-work architectural professionals would begin to fall. However, another 205 architects joined the dole queue last month.
There are now 1,985 architects claiming benefits – five times more than the average over the past four years. The figures also mark a 700 per cent increase on the number of jobless architects registered this time last year.
The news comes as the government announced that the UK economy has highest level of unemployment since 1995, with a total of 2.4 million jobless.
The number of architects currently unemployed accounts for around 6 per cent of registered architects in the UK.
Sarah Akigbogun, who writes a blog called The Recession Diaries, is still unemployed after being made redundant at Alsop Architects seven months ago. She said: ‘[Unemployment] can be financially devastating but that doesn’t necessarily mean, at the same time, it can’t be creatively exciting.’