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Pay in the regions - Women in architecture survey 2013

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The majority of respondents to our survey are based in London, with 51 per cent of women and 53 per cent of men working there

The next most popular areas for women to be based are the north-west and south-east of England (both at 9 per cent) and Scotland (8 per cent). For male respondents, the most popular areas are Scotland (13 per cent), the north-west of England (8 per cent) and the south-east of England (5 per cent). One per cent of women respondents are based in Wales and less than one per cent in Northern Ireland. Five per cent are in North America (Canada and the USA) and two per cent are in Australia.

Location throws up differences in key indicators. Sixty-five per cent of women respondents in the north of England (north-east and north-west) do not think the building industry has fully accepted the authority of the female architect. This compares with a much lower 55 per cent in the Midlands and a marginally lower 62 per cent in the south of England (south-east and south-west, excluding London).

In the north of England, 54 per cent of women respondents think they would be paid more if they were male (the figure is 46 per cent for those in the south of England excluding London), and 55 per cent think downturns are likely to be harder on women in the industry (compared with 63 per cent in the south). Sixty-seven per cent have suffered sexual discrimination in their career in architecture in the north (compared with 61 per cent in the south). And fewer women respondents in the north have children (29 per cent), compared with a nine-point increase (38 per cent) for those in the non-London south.

For full-time woman architects, pay varies considerably by location. It is interesting to look at their most populated pay brackets to give a snapshot of earnings. In the south excluding London, the most populated pay band (27 per cent) is for £37k to £42k; in the north, 32 per cent earn between £27k and £32k; in Scotland, one third earns between £21k and £26k. In contrast, a third of full-time women architects in Europe are in the £12-15k bracket; counterparts in North America tend to have higher earnings than those in both the UK and Europe, with the largest populated pay bands (both 15 per cent) for £37-42k a year and £48-£55k.

For full-time woman directors in the south of England excluding London, 50 per cent earn above £56k per year, in the north, only one third do. In Scotland, no women directors who responded to the survey earn this amount: 25 per cent earn £48-55k a year.

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