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More than 1,000 new architects needed every year

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More than 1,000 architects need to be found every year across the UK to keep up with demand, according to a new report

The Industry Insights study from construction training board the CITB found that 47,760 architects were required by 2022 to keep up with forecast growth in output.

It calculates that there are currently 43,340 working in the profession - meaning 1,105 new architects will be needed each year to make up the shortfall.

Its figures suggest it is using a broader definition of ‘architect’ than the Architects’ Registration Board, which recently revealed that 38,783 people paid their fees to begin 2018 as registered architects – the highest number ever.

Projects in Greater London alone are expected to require 1,700 extra architects over the next four years – nearly half of the CITB-calculated total deficit.

In contrast, in the East Midlands and the North East of England, architecture jobs are expected to fall slightly over the same time period, according to the report put together using a mix of official data, research and expert opinion.

Across all professions, more than 150,000 construction jobs are forecast to be created by 2022.

Infrastructure is expected to be the strongest performing subsector, with an average annual growth of 3.1 per cent.

Both public and private housing are also expected to expand over the next few years, but commercial work is not forecast to increase at all.

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Readers' comments (3)

  • The CITB really should not call them architects. Why not use the common way around it and call them architectural staff. I appreciate this sounds pedantic but the route to qualification is long (and now very expensive) so the term architect should be used correctly especially by a training body who ought to know better.

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  • More than 1,000 architects need to be found every year across the UK - until the next recession.

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  • John Kellett

    I’ve seen lots of vacancies for illegal ‘Part 2 architects’ and I’ve seen loads of adverts for jobs that are worded to imply only foreign staff could apply. Here in the East Midlands, only one hour from London the number of architect jobs is falling but agencies and employers rarely consider commuters so employ EU citizens who then MUST move to the U.K. Which would be strange if it wasn’t so sad to then blame Brexit for a non-existant shortage.

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