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There are now more job opportunities in the UK for architects than there have been since 2008, according to the latest Hays Construction Market Overview and Salary Guide. This increase has been attributed to an increase in house building, which increased at its fastest pace in over two year in May.
Andrew Bredin, Managing Director for Hays Construction said: “The improvement in opportunities for architects is an encouraging sign for the wider construction industry, with an increase in project-led hiring a reflection of new wins for firms. Although employers remain cautious and roles are often still temporary, these projects should translate into increased recruitment activity as projects develop. While the recovery may be tentative, the fact that over half of the employers we surveyed expect to see an increase in business activity in the next year is an encouraging sign of things to come.”
The research reveals a mood of cautious optimism in the wider construction sector, as nearly two thirds (63%) of employers say they expect business activity to increase in the next 12 months and over half (58%) expect to increase staff salaries.
Skill shortages remain a problem, with 54% of employers saying they expect to face a shortage of experienced candidates when recruiting in the next year. For architecture firms, the slowdown in hiring in recent years is now creating concerns over a ‘missing generation’ of architects with three to five years post qualification experience. Mid-level staff were the most likely to leave the industry following budget cuts, creating a shortage that could prove problematic for architecture firms when it comes to taking advantage of new business opportunities on the horizon.