The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has released its Future Trends Survey for June 2014.
The RIBA Future Trends Workload Index increased this month, standing at +34 in June 2014 compared with +33 in May 2014. Confidence levels amongst RIBA practices about the level of future workloads remain very strong and widespread across the whole of the UK. Scotland tops the leader board in June 2014 with a balance figure of +50, closely followed by the Midlands and East Anglia (balance figure +48) and London (balance figure +42).
All sizes of practice are reporting positive balance figures for workload forecasts: small practices (1 - 10 staff) with a balance figure of +28, medium-sized practice (10 - 50 staff) with a balance figure of +77, and large-sized practices (51+ staff) with a balance figure of +44.
There was little change in June's workload forecast analysis by sector. The private housing sector (balance figure +33) and the commercial sector (balance figure +20) appear to offer the best prospects for increases in medium-term workloads, but all sector forecasts remain in positive territory.
"The biggest growth in actual workloads by value now appears to be occurring in the commercial sector, following a long period in which the private housing sector has tended to lead the way," RIBA Director of Practice Adrian Dobson said. "This appears to be a country-wide trend."
The RIBA Future Trends Staffing Index rose significantly in June, increasing to +16 compared with +7 in May 2014. This is the highest figure for the main staffing forecast since the RIBA Future Trends monthly survey began in January 2009. The great majority of practices (94%) expect their staffing levels to either stay the same or increase during the next quarter.