“Housebuilders and local authorities have added experienced architects and technicians to their teams, and private practices are tentatively planning ahead with more focus on graduates.
Candidate availability is still strong, and this allows us to ensure a high calibre of candidate for each role. However, we anticipate the architectural market will again reach a point where the vacancies outnumber the available applicants.
Freelance requirements aren’t as common as permanent appointments, with many firms looking to grow and develop a team as opposed to dealing with sharp bursts in workload. However, as architect job security and salaries were so severely hit through the recession, some candidates provide value in being freelance and firms should be mindful that hiring permanent only can limit the pool of available candidates. A freelance worker can provide you with flexibility and a competitive edge as well as a key core skill when used effectively.With many firms now looking at long-term growth, salaries are slowly rising, though
With many firms now looking at long-term growth, salaries are slowly rising, though not quite at the pace of other areas of the market (only just recovering to prerecession levels). As demand for architectural staff increases, career progression and salary expectations may rise, though candidates in this sector are largely motivated by advancement, recognition and job security.
With a number of high-profile building projects now reaching tender stages, the outlook is generally positive and 2016 looks like a year of growth for many architectural firms in the domestic, health and education sectors.”
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