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RIBA Future Trends survey 2024

The RIBA Future Trends survey monitors the employment and business trends affecting the architectural profession. These are the survey results from 2024.

April 2024

After nine months, the RIBA Workload Index has returned to positive territory, indicating that architects anticipate improving workloads.

In April, the RIBA Future Trends Workload Index stood at +2, a two-point improvement on March's zero balance; a positive balance indicates an overall expectation among architects that workloads will increase in the coming three months. 

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 2024 are available at the bottom of this page.

You can also view the 2023 Future Trends survey results.

RIBA Future Workload Index

To see the three graphs of the main findings, please click on the left and right arrows in the bar above.

  • RIBA Future Workload Index graph shows the difference between those expecting more work in the next three months, and those expecting less
  • RIBA Staffing Index graph shows the difference between those expecting to employ more permanent staff in the next three months and those expecting to employ fewer

Sectors graph shows 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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