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13 February 2017

Widening gender pay gap in architecture

The results of the Architecture Journal’s annual Women in Architecture survey – undertaken alongside sister-title The Architectural Review – show that the architectural industry is far from equal. 
The poll of 1,277 women and 340 men paints a picture of a profession where a glass ceiling is firmly in place and women are consistently earning less for doing the same job as their male counterparts – indeed, far from the gap narrowing, as is the case in other industries, the gap is widening.  
A third of women architects believe their male colleagues are being paid more for doing the same job. And they are right. Across the survey all women working in full-time positions in practice earned less than their male counterparts doing the same job, with the pay gap increasing with seniority. Female partners and principals of UK architecture firms take home £55,000 less than males in the same role – a pay gap that has widened by £42,000 in the last two years. 
The introduction of gender pay gap reporting is unlikely to make much of an impact on the pay gap because this will only affect companies with more than 250 employees and just 15 of the firms in the Architecture Journal’s 100 companies hit this threshold. 
So what will encourage the rest to comply? Sadly, the buck gets passed back to women, who are encouraged to ask for a pay rise  . . . .  and yet, the survey also shows that women are penalised for wanting a family, and sexual discrimination and bullying are rife. In such a culture, who would risk asking for more?
You can read more about the survey here.

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