1. A practice asking their workers to recruit friends, offering 10% of that friends salary if they are recruited
2. Another practice offering Â£2,000 for recruiting friends......
What is the story?
How long will the boom last?
It could be called inflation but, as the architectural recruiting agencies apparently charge 15% of employees salaries, it isn't really increasing the costs.
The real shortage in the current boom is in skills, both among builders and professionals. With regard to architects, there is an apparent shortage of people with between six and say twelve years' experience - largely because these people qualified during a recession and a large proportion emigrated. The end result is questionable quality of design/workmanship on many projects under construction.
But the most important thing is money. It's about time people paid architects properly. Let's hear it for architects. A great bunch of fellas! Hurrah!
- J Lobb