The number of unemployed architects has fallen to the lowest level since the middle of 2008
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New figures revealed by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show the number of architects claiming jobseekers allowance in December fell to just 155 people (140 in May 2008) - a drop of more than 50 per cent from the 325 seeking work in April 2014.
In August 2009, at the nadir of the credit crisis, the numbers on the dole describing their usual occupation as ‘architect’ peaked at 2,055.
Nationally the number of people out of work fell by 58,000 to 1.91 million - the lowest level for more than six years.
Commenting on the data Adrian Dobson, RIBA director of practice said: ‘It is great news that the number of architects on the ONS unemployment claimants register has fallen to a new low, providing further evidence of a real improvement in the economic outlook for the profession.
Work-in-progress is increasing at 8% per annum
‘Data from our Future Trends survey shows aggregate work-in-progress for architects increasing at 8 per cent per annum, and the level of spare capacity in practices has been dropping rapidly over the last few months.
‘Although there are clearly many macro-economic uncertainties ahead, the prospects for salaried architects going into 2015 appears better than it has been for a number of years.’
Unemployment levels fall to lowest levels since mid-2008