The number of jobless architects is continuing to rise - but at a much slower rate
According to the Office for National Statistics, the total of UK architects claiming unemployment benefit has hit 1,780 – a 989 per cent increase on the same period last year, when only 180 were registered unemployed.
However last month just 15 new claims were made for benefits which is a significant drop compared to the 370 architects who joined the dole queue in May.
Architect Falk Fritsch, still unemployed after losing his job at SDA Architects in February, said: ‘Practices are letting the designers – the job-winners – go. The reputation of the profession is going to suffer in the long-term.’
The latest unemployment figures echo the findings of the RIBA’s latest Future Trends Survey for June which found that 75 per cent of firms expected staff levels to remain constant in the next three months.
Released last week, the survey said that practices expecting job cuts decreased from 23 per cent in May to 16 per cent in June, and that 8 per cent of practices expected staff levels to increase over the next three months.