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Architects drop out of best employer list

Only one architects’ firm has made it onto the Sunday Times’ Best 100 Companies to work for – a result branded a ‘shocking indictment’ by a former finalist

HLM Architects’ jumped to 37th position in the ranking of the ‘nicest of the nice’ employers – a climb of 25 places from last year.

But there was no place for Leeds and Leicester-based Stephen George and Partners, the BPTW Partnership or London’s Assael, which all slipped off the list.

John Assael, whose credit crunch-hit practice was ineligible to enter this year having fallen to under 50 staff, claims the results again show how poorly the industry looks after architects. He said: ‘It is shocking to read that only one practice of architects made it into the top 100.

‘[This is] a further indictment about the shabby way that the profession treats its staff.’

If solicitors, recruitment consultants and surveyors can make it why can’t architects?

John Assael

Assael, who made it to number 22 in the chart last year, added: ‘If solicitors, recruitment consultants and surveyors can make it why can’t architects?

‘In these tough times it is vital for the practices to cherish their staff – frankly the only asset that they have – so it is very disappointing to see that once again we lag behind the other professions.

HLM chairman, Chris Liddle, said: ‘We are thrilled with our position this year.  Since we first appeared in the list in 2006, we have climbed 45 places, which is testament to our unwavering efforts to look after our staff.  We invest in our people, we support them in their career and most importantly we work together as one team.’

The full table is on the Sunday Times’ site.

Readers' comments (2)

  • With around 600% more architects on the dole than the middle of last year who would want to work for an architectural practice anyway?

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  • I'm not suprised given my recent experience of working for a big practice in London which spent £50k on its christmas party, but in Janurary began by laying off three of its part I and II graduates - who were the hardest working - followed by 10 young part III staff who all happening to be non-nationals.

    The industry is suffering from huge levels of mis-management and poor relationships between managers and staff. It isn't the greedy directors on +£120k salaries that are affected, its the +£20k everyday staff who put in the stupid amounts of overtime for nothing.

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