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Thursday31 July 2014

Number of architects on dole shrinks again

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Year on year fall is 23%

The number of unemployed architects fell again last month with 795 people claiming the dole.

In October 820 architects claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance and in September the number was even higher at 840.

The data, which mirrors the national falling trend of those claiming unemployment benefit, refers to the number of people calling themselves ‘architect’ when signing on.

Since November 2011, when 1030 architects were claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, figures have fallen by 23%.

Meawhile, the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and seeking a job as an architect has also fallen. In November 805 people were seeking such a role, compared to 835 in October and 1,045 in November last year.

Official figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show unemployment across Britain fell by 82,000 in the three months to October.

Overall employment rose to 29.6 million, boosted by a 40,000 quarterly rise. This was attributed to the private sector creating jobs at a faster pace than the public sector shed them.

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  • zecks_marquise

    Hazaar!

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  • It's because they're all working in Tescos.

    I was about to start work as a barman until I managed to find a position, literally the day before. So these figures don't really mean anything unless we know how many people with the qualifications are working in the positions they're applying to.

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  • Stewie

    After several months on the dole the Jobcentre tells you to agree to look for work in other areas or you can no longer claim so of course, "...the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and seeking a job as an architect has also fallen." These figures give no reflection on the state of the industry they simply lack the level of depth required to give a true picture of what is happening.

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  • May I ask!! Why are only Architects within this EQUATION .

    Anthony Doody MCIAT
    Chartered Architectural Technologist

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  • One way and thats up!

    Superiority......joking!

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  • It might be more realistic to report numbers of architects using food banks because of unpaid fees

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  • I have been under employed and underpaid Architect now unemployed for 2 and half years. Cannot claim squat. None of them in the Job centers want to see an Architect milling around in front of them. Cant blame them. What are they supposed to do for you. if the RIBA is damned useless to you.. Most architects I know in London are underemployed and underpaid and would be likely joining me in the new year with trepidation. Personally, this is my last year wasting my time pissing around design offices. Will start a Forex trading job 2013. Still love architecture but will only return as a developer. Good luck to you all

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  • Bal 15/12/2012
    I concur with Stewies comments. After 182 days on Jobseekers Allowance, max period allowed for contribution based allowance, the job centre puts you list for other jobs.
    With no support from RIBA or ARB or DWP one is left on the scrap heap to fend for one self.

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