We’ve had some reports on twitter in the last 24 hours about a percieved increase in approaches from recruitment agencies to architects in the UK. For example,
@Waybeesy, an architect in London posted “@SuButcher @the_architect trends: been receiving one too many calls from recruitment agencies -recession in construction over u reckon?”
My thoughts are:
It is the middle of August, and many agents (those still in the job) will be aware that towards the end of the Summer some practices might be looking to fulfil an expected need.
In my experience in a commercial practice, the second week in September is when things start to pick up in a normal year, but strangely we have had a flurry of enquiries in the last week, from developers wanting to get or change planning consents mostly.
Do the recruitment agents think there is a pickup on the cards? Maybe, but it is more likely that they are trying it on to pick up prospectives (candidates and interested prospective employers) as people come back from holiday, that’s all.
What do you think?