In September of 2009 there were 4.9% more RIBA Chartered Practices than at the same time in 2008, according to RIBA Director of Practice Adrian Dobson.
Figures released by the RIBA show a change in distribution of practice size which has penalised one man bands and larger firms in favour of small and ‘micro’ firms of 2-10 staff.
Last year I wrote about the breakdown of practice sizes recorded by the RIBA in 2008 which showed that 76% of chartered firms (about half of all UK architects practices) had fewer than 10 staff. A year later this proportion has risen to 79%, with medium sized practices (11-49 staff) falling to 18% and large (50+ staff) dropping from 4% to 3% of chartered practices.
The chart above shows the subtle changes and the figures are reproduced in the table below. Thanks to Adrian for letting me publish these latest figures for you in response to my previous post.