After five years of sluggish activity in sectors of the construction industry, recruiters are getting ready for a huge demand in staff hire as a result of significant improvements in trade conditions. Architects, architectural technicians and space planners applaud the signs of a recovery and are mindful of the task that lies ahead for the UK’s top consultants. According to the survey of Building’s 2013 Top 200 Consultants, during the past year fee incomes have gone up by nearly 6.5% with staff hire employment reaching about the same percentage. URS, a consultant in engineering and the environment, expects to recruit 500 workers in the UK this year and 700 in 2014. Aecom, a close competitor and an employer of more than 50% of its European staff in the UK, reported that during the next two to three years it intends to recruit 3,000 across the EMEA area.
The survey indicates that architects are also on a firm footing of strong growth, as in the case of AHMM, the architect of Google headquarters that has matched its progress and performance to that of last year. As a result of a 41% rise in UK staff they have joined the big league of UK architect employers. Only two years ago, a survey for the number of listed UK chartered architects placed AHMM in16th position. Since then they have climbed the ladder to a fourth ranking, stepping over Capita and Aedas. The chairman of PRP Architects, Andy von Bradsky, said that the firm had hired more than 30 staff up to now this year, as the private housing sector once again starts moving and confidence grows. He commented that the outlook for the future is cautiously optimistic. The director of Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Jim Eyre, said that the firm had recently employed 14 new staff and that they continue to search for talented architects to join the team at this very exciting time.
The managing director of architectural recruitment firm, Adrem, remarked that after a four to five year passive job market he is now certain of a major u-turn in activity. He added that he had been very cautious when hearing people talk for the last few months about a recovery, but now a big shift in the workload is evident and we, as well as the companies that we support, are growing. The UK property director at construction recruitment firm Hays, Richard Gelder, said that when they conducted their last salary survey in April, 63% of businesses were positive about the future. If the same survey was done today the results recorded would more likely be around 90%.
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