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Shock salary results from AJ Women in Architecture survey

46% of women claim men get paid more for doing the same job, while 73% suffer from sex discrimination at work, early results show

According to preliminary results taken from the AJ’s Women in Architecture survey, 46 per cent of the over 500 female respondents said that male colleagues at their practice earned more - despite carrying out identical or very similar tasks.

An even greater percentage of the women questioned - 48 per cent - believed they would be paid more if they were male.

Under the Equality Act 2010, men and women who work for the same employer are legally entitled to the same pay for the same or similar work. This means employers who do not pay women and men equally could be brought before an Employment Tribunal for discrimination.

The anonymous 31-question survey, which remains open until the New Year, is part of a major investigation by the AJ into the true extent of sexual discrimination, bullying and barriers to career development within the profession.

Thus far, 45% of respondents are fully-qualified architects. The AJ is hoping to collect 1,000 responses to the survey from all women working in the architecture industry before the new year.

According to the RIBA, around 40 per cent of all architecture students are female, but just 19 percent of British architects in practice are women, according to statistics from the ARB.

Other eye-opening findings include the proportion of female architects who have experienced sexual discrimination: 10 per cent of respondents claim they directly suffer from discrimination at least once a week, while 73 per cent have been subject to, or witnessed discrimination, during their career in architecture.

The full results from the questionnaire will feature in the AJ’s Women in Practice issue, to be published on 12 January 2012.

Take part in the Women in Architecture Survey.


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