2019 has certainly been a year of ups and downs and many conflicting trends! Following the referendum result, it was very noticeable how many EU Architects decided to leave the UK. For studios particularly in London, this started to create a skills shortage predominantly around the recently qualified Architect to 5 years Post Part 3 level. The last few months of political upheaval though has had an obvious impact on the outlook for some practices and as projects have gone on hold, we have sadly witnessed an increase in redundancies from a few larger practices. For a number of firms, however, that held off recruiting during the Brexit negotiations and are still busy, this appears to be a good time to find well-qualified staff including a number with strong Revit skills. Due to the ongoing uncertainty though, a number of the roles we are recruiting for are initially on a contract basis until the outlook becomes clearer.
With regards to sectors, a high percentage of the opportunities are within the PRS and Hotel sectors as well an improving situation for high-end residential (although still not the ultra-luxury end of the market in central London). In terms of CAD skills, Revit is being requested in more than 50% of current job adverts but Vectorworks is still highly sought after by many of our smaller clients working on high-end residential.
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If you would like to discuss the current architectural outlook further or the impact this is having on salaries, do please give us a call.