Analysis of returns from 118 consultancies published this week shows that most market sectors are predicted to grow by between nine and 16 per cent in 2003-04, although a drop is anticipated in the value of telecommunications planning work. In 2002-03, 44 firms derived seven-figure sums from planning work.
The market leader, RPS Planning, Transport and Environment, now offers the services of 111 chartered town planners out of 422 planning fee-earners.
Most top planning firms have recruited extra planners and other fee-earners to cope with rising workloads. But the shortage of experienced staff remains a block to further expansion.
- See Interview, page 13 and Consultants survey, pages 15-30.