01 July 2020
01 July 2020
Q&A with our CEO Lindsay Urquhart
The current state of architecture & design
Lindsay started Bespoke Careers in 2004 and has navigated many peaks and troughs over the years, including the 2008 global financial crisis. While you can usually see an economic downturn coming, no one was prepared for how quickly COVID-19 would change the world. During the last few months, Lindsay has worked closely with her global management team to navigate the new challenges we face each day.
We sat down to discuss the current state of the architecture and design industry and this is what Lindsay had to say about COVID-19’s impact on the job market and what the future might bring.
1. You recruit for architecture studios around the world. How has lockdown affected recruitment in our sector and has it been the same in all regions?
2. Have you seen lots of practices making people redundant?
3. Have any practices been recruiting in lockdown?
4. Have you seen any changes in the way practices are recruiting? For example, have you seen a shift from permanent to fixed-term requirements?
5. Why would a practice choose to hire someone on contract rather than full time?
- There’s less commitment.
- They can tap into specialist skills and don’t need full time.
- Makes them more agile, they can resource up/down quickly as needs change.
- There’s no emotional/time-consuming redundancy process.
- Efficient – sign timesheet, pay-once invoice.
- Contractors are used to getting up to speed quickly and typically make an impact on workload quicker than a permanent hire.
- Cost certainty – no hidden costs like healthcare and pension. Everything is included in the hourly rate.
6. What do you see as the challenges for practices looking to hire and retain good people in the months ahead?
7. Do you have any advice for practices hiring & onboarding people while working remotely?
8. Do you have any advice for job seekers looking to find work in the coming months?
9. What do you see happening with recruitment in our sector in the remainder of 2020?
I think London and NYC will be the last to recover and they are roughly at the same stage.
Author: Kat Hall, Marketing Assistant, Bespoke Careers