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AJ's minimum wage is way off the mark

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We are concerned that The Architects' Journal is stating that the National Minimum Wage is £11,856. We have checked with ACAS this week and it has informed us that the National Minimum Wage is £3.60 per hour for age 18-21 years and £4.20 per hour for age 22 years plus.

So the annual salary for a 37.5 hour working week is £7,020 and £8,190. ACAS informed me that an increase of 10p per hour is anticipated in October.

While we pay above the minimum wage, and a little above the figures quoted in the AJ, we feel that this item could have sent out the wrong signals for students reading about this issue.

Jean Devine, via email

The figure was based on the RIBA/archaos Indicative Rate of Pay for post Part 1 employees which was approved by RIBA Council in May 2000. This is for guidance only and is not statutory. It is due to be updated and archaos will be putting it to RIBA Council again in May 2003. See the discussion forum at ajplus. co. uk for full details of the RIBA/archaos recommendations on terms of employment and pay.

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