Arb reports plunge in applications from EU architects

Nabila Zulfiqar

Near 25% drop underscores firms’ fears over Brexit impact

The number of EU-qualified architects seeking permission to work in the UK fell by almost a quarter last year, according to new figures released by professional regulator the Architects Registration Board.

Figures in Arb’s newly published annual report show that just 945 EU professionals sought clearance to practise in this country last year, down from 1,232 the previous year. Because Arb reports cover calendar years rather than financial years the 2017 figures are the first to provide a full annual snapshot since 2016’s Brexit vote.

The downturn – a 23% year-on-year decline – will be pointed to by recruitment professionals and big London practices as a crucial confirmation of the anecdotal evidence they have reported about staff jitters in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the EU.

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