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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: May 2021

In May, the RIBA Future Trends Workload Index rose by six points to a balance figure of +30. There is a level of optimism about future workloads among architects not seen since 2016.

Forty per cent of practices expect workloads to grow in the coming three months, whilst half (50%) expect them to remain the same. The percentage expecting workloads to decrease remains at 10%.

Graphs of main findings

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

  • the RIBA Future Workload Index graph shows the difference between those expecting more work in the next three months, and those expecting less
  • the 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
  • the 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

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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