Tatiana Telles Ferreira
Comment on: Foreign students must earn £20k to stay
I do not understand why architectural firms think this 20K bench mark will create a brain drain. 20K is what firms should be paying a part 1 anyway, especially those who are based in London.
Nick Wilson is correct, 20K is not too high for part 2's, in fact I would say to Mr Wilson that it is disgracefully low. According to a study by the Joseph Rowntree foundation a person needs to earn a 15,000 a year to achieve a minimum standard of living. It makes you wonder what is the point in studying for 5 years (costing 3-9000 a year) if all you can look forward to is 5000 over the minimum. You might as well have joined an apprenticeship at Tesco where you get paid to train.
Therefore the real cause of a brain drain in the profession is practices who do not pay enough. This has already been seen by the reduction of students applying to study architecture in the first place. They realise it just is not worth it.