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Job opportunities for Part 2 graduates start to dry up

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The economic downturn has made a dramatic dent in the architectural job market, with some recruitment consultants reporting a drop in vacancies for Part 2 graduates by almost a fifth.

London-based recruitment firm Adrem told the AJ that placements for Part 2-qualified architectural assistants had dropped by 20 per cent in the capital compared to the same time last year.

The news follows an announcement from global recruitment company Monster Worldwide stating that vacancies in architecture and urbanism have seen the ‘steepest drop’ among all sectors globally for two consecutive months. Meanwhile, recruitment firm SIV said it currently has no job placements in the Midlands.

Peter Browne, SIV director, said: ‘The last two months have seen a massive reduction in terms of permanent recruitment. Last year we would have had 60 live jobs on our desks, now we have five to 10.

‘Usually the regions take a little longer to feel the effects of a downturn, but placements in the Midlands have dried up completely.'

According to Del Hossain, managing director of Adrem, firms are now beginning to look at who is really essential to their practice.

‘They are looking to the people who have three or four years experience in running jobs, who can churn out working drawings, and who are comfortable at using certain computer packages.

‘So while there has been about a 20 per cent drop in Part 2 job placements, there has been a 30 per cent increase in Part 3 staff,’ said Hossain.

Bespoke Recruitment, another London-based architectural recruitment specialist, said that only the ‘outstanding’ Part 2 candidates are getting placed.

‘There’s no doubt we are not as busy as we were last year, and we are now working a lot more internationally,’ said Bespoke founder Lindsay Urquhart, 'but it’s not all doom and gloom – there are still jobs for the really good Part 2 people.’

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