4 Ways Of Responding To The Skills Shortage In Architecture

Posted by Kevin Van Kirk, Deltek Vision Sales Engineer on July 6, 2015

Four Ways of Facing the Skills Shortage in Architecture Head-On

Last year there were three times the number of architectural jobs advertised compared to the year before. The upturn has come about suddenly and firms are finding it hard to find the right candidates for all the new roles. (Architects Journal).

As a result, the industry is facing an ominous skills shortage that is holding back growth.

As an ambitious architectural firm, you'll naturally want to overcome anything that stands in the way of your firm's prosperity. So, what is the best way to attract, retain and hold onto the best talent?

Here are four areas on which to focus:

1. Inspire

The best talent naturally wants to work for the best companies. And when it's an employee's market, it's important your firm is in good shape so that it's attractive to the best professionals.

For a start, You'll want you finances to be in tip top condition. Potential employees are likely to scrutinise your firm's profitability and use it to build a picture of its financial stability.

And when it comes to standing out, your work will speak volumes about your firm and its approach.  Could it be time to look at how your firm plans out and manages its projects with a view of making some improvements?

2. Motivate

A motivated workforce is a happy workforce and one that is less likely to look elsewhere for career opportunities. But what's the best way of enthusing your team?

Studies show collaboration and communication in the workplace has a direct and positive impact on improving motivation. The next generation of architects have grown up in the networking age so consider adopting the latest collaboration tools as a way of capitalising and synergising on the energy, ideas and creativity of your team.

3. Satisfy

When it comes to retaining talent, a good work-life balance is often the order of the day (Building.com). Flexible working can be supported with mobile reporting tools. They can mean - for instance - the difference between an employee logging their time and expenses on the train home and another late night at the office.

4. Connect

Finally, the right business management system will provide you with "real-time" insight into the projects your teams are working on. This visibility could help pinpoint and rectify serious issues before they get out of hand - such as workload problems or a mismatch of skills. Harmony and well-being among your recruits will, as a result, be maintained.

The construction industry may be booming, but without the skilled people available to deliver the work things could grind to a halt. Make sure your firm escapes an employee apocalypse by putting the platforms and structure in place to inspire, motivate, satisfy and connect its talent pool.

Learn more about the megatrends affecting the architecture sector today - including how some industry leaders are tackling the skills shortage challenge head on - by downloading this Snapshot of the Architecture Industry.