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REGIONAL SALARY DIFFERENTIALS INCREASE THE HIGHER UP THE TREE YOU GO

TECHNICAL & PRACTICE

Salaries in architecture vary hugely depending on what job you do and whereabouts in the country you are. This survey from Faststream Architectural Recruitment gives an indication of how your salary compares to that of your fellow professionals.

Are you earning enough? Scanning the job ads is never a reliable guide to the going rate for the job, so a salary survey such as the one that Faststream Architectural Recruitment has produced is reassuring - or worrying, depending where you sit on the scale.

This survey, conducted across the UK, draws on a variety of sources. The recruitment agency has analysed the positions for which it has recruited over the past 12 months and has also spoken to 80 of its clients, who vary in size as well as location. In addition, it has used information from its database of candidates to inform the study.

Like any such survey, the results must be partial - for example, there must be partners/directors who earn more than the stated London maximum of £95,000, but they are probably not recruited directly and certainly keep their details close to their chests. But in general, there are some interesting lessons:

there is a clear hierarchy of earnings, whatever stage you are at, with London FIRmly at the top and Scotland bringing up the rear;

regional differentials increase, the further up the tree you go, with the most dramatic difference at partner/director level;

the spread of salaries for a particular level, in a particular range, is fairly limited until you hit partner/director level; and the maximum salary that a Part 2 architect can expect to get in Scotland is less than the minimum in London.

Salary, of course, while important, is not the only determining factor in choosing an employer. Rachel Farndell, director of Faststream Recruitment, says: 'While salaries continue to rise, we are FInding that more and more candidates are looking at other aspects of a job when making a decision about their career. A good working environment is often top of the list, along with social events, credibility of projects and the learning experience that they may gain from a new position.'

Many architects have, in the past few years, taken a more professional attitude to running their businesses and while part of this is to do with servicing clients and potential clients better, it also has beneFIts for staff.

Still, some of the salaries look depressingly low, and it is interesting that architects who run financially successful practices often pay above-average salaries and demand minimal overtime.

But if you feel hard-done by, at least be grateful if you have become an architect and not a technologist. Faststream has also surveyed their salaries, and found that the maximum achievable in London is £18,000 for a graduate technologist, whereas the minimum offered in Scotland is a measly £10,500. Anybody for shelf-stacking in a supermarket?

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