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Future Trends Survey 2019

Future Trends monitors the employment and business trends affecting the architectural profession. These are the survey results from 2019.

Launched as part of a suite of recession-focused initiatives, the survey is completed monthly by a sample representing a cross-section of members. The survey is focused on areas in which members may face potential difficulties, including workload, staff levels and work in specific sectors.

Monthly results are independently analysed in order to identify the employment and business trends affecting the profession and to help to identify implications for the profession and inform further RIBA activities.

The Future Trends survey was devised by the RIBA Research and Development and Practice departments and launched in January 2009. It is run in collaboration with The Fees Bureau, which conducts the surveys and analyses the data.

You can view the Future Trends 2018 survey results here.

Find 2019's reports below.

Latest report: December 2019

In 2019, Brexit uncertainty had a significant impact on the architecture profession and the wider construction industry. Monthly workload predictions were extremely volatile. In the second half of the year, as the prospect of a no-deal Brexit grew closer, the Index fell; from a 2019 high of +9 in June, to being negative in three of the final four months of 2019. In October, when crashing out of the EU looked like a real possibility, the Index stood at -10, the lowest balance score since 2011.

Architects consistently described heightened client caution: with a reduction in project enquiries; projects being put on hold or failing to move past early design stages; and downward pressure on fees.

To read the reports, please click on the left and right arrows.

The RIBA Future Workload Index is the difference between those expecting more work in the next three months, and those expecting less.

The RIBA Staffing Index is the difference between those expecting to employ more permanent staff in the next three months and those expecting to employ fewer.

'Sectors' is the difference between those expecting more work in the next three months, and those expecting less, in each of the four main work sectors.

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