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Future trends survey: practices set for recruitment drive

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Almost every practice taking part in the RIBA Future Trends Survey said they expected staff levels to increase or remain the same over the next three months

According to the monthly survey, just four per cent of firms said they were looking to reduce staffing levels in the next quarter with architects’ confidence levels and workload predictions remaining strong across all UK regions.

The value of new work has continued to grow, with practices around the country reporting positive figures.

The Future Trends Workloads Index - the difference between those expecting more work in the next three months and those expecting less - has remained at +28.

RIBA director of practice Adrian Dobson said: ‘The most optimistic forecasts this month were from our practices in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands and East Anglia, indicating that the high confidence levels have now spread right across the UK as all nations and regions begin to see an improving workload situation.’

The largest practices are most confident with medium-sized practices reporting an index of +65 and large practices +40.

The burgeoning workloads are being driven by growth in both the commercial and public sectors. The index for the commercial sector increased to +23 from +14 last month, while the public sector has finally hit positive figures with an index of +4.

However, despite still being the most positive sector, private housing has seen a slight decline dropping to +23 from +29 last month.


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