The July 2010 results of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) future trends survey predict a double-dip recession for UK architects.
Architectural practices anticipate an overall reduction in workload in the next quarter as indicated by the RIBA future workload index graph.
A total of 28% architects expect the workload to decrease, while 16% of architects expect a decrease in employees and 27% of respondents stated they were personally underemployed in July.
The survey noted that large practices were doubtful about future projects across sectors.
The survey revealed that 42% of practices expected a drop in future public sector workload while 19% of firms expected commercial sector work to decrease.
The private housing sector fared better last month with the number of firms expecting more work staying constant at 26%, while numbers expecting work to decrease rose by 2%.
For July 2010, the RIBA future trends workload index fell by 4% and the RIBA future trends staffing index fell by 8%.