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Future Trends survey 2021

The Future Trends survey monitors the employment and business trends affecting the architectural profession. These are the survey results from 2021.

Latest report: December 2021

2021 has ended with an uptick in workload confidence among practices. In December, the RIBA Future Trends Workload Index returned a positive balance of +18, a 5 point increase on November's figure of +13.

Looking ahead to the coming three months, 29% of practices expect workloads to grow, while 59% expect them to remain the same. 12% of practices expect workloads to decrease.

About RIBA Future Trends

Launched as part of a suite of economy 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 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.

The reports for 2021 released so far are available at the bottom of this page.

You can also view the 2020 Future Trends survey results.

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