Women architects paid a quarter less than men
Women architects earn 25 per cent less than their male counterparts, new figures have revealed
On average women in the construction industry are paid 12 per cent less than men, but this figure rises to 25 per cent for architects – the second-worst sector within the industry after construction and building trades supervisors, according to ONS data (see attached).
These figures show that the situation is far worse than the AJ’s annual Women in Architecture Survey suggested back in January.
The AJ survey pointed to a 14 per cent difference in the full-time salaries of men and women architects at the lower end of the pay scale: 44 per cent of UK women architects earn less than £32,000 a year, compared with 30 per cent of male architects.
Is the fact that we are paying women less indicative of the fact that we value them less?
Reacting to the ONS figures, Chrissi McCarthy, managing director of Constructing Equality said: ‘We must ask the question: “Is the fact that we are paying women less indicative of the fact that we value them less?” If so, it’s likely that they will have noticed and we must therefore consider the impact that this has on their career choices.’
Kate Lloyd, fairness, inclusion and respect manager for CITB, which is launching the BeFair Framework to champion equality in the industry, said: ‘What possible justification can there be for paying men and women different rates for doing what, to all intents and purposes, is the same job? As an industry, we need to address this issue, and fast. If we fail to bridge these wage gaps, we won’t be able to attract women into this industry or keep them. It’s as simple as that.
‘The BeFair Framework, which will launch in June, will help construction companies be more aware of fairness, inclusion and respect issues including equal pay. It will help us to challenge the outdated perceptions of the construction industry so that we can create the workforce of the future.’