Another half empty development then.
Comment on: The coach: Should we avoid appointing a woman?
Well since men can now take / share the year of statutory leave will employers now not employ a man in their thirties?
However I think that employers need systems in place so that continuity on a project is not an issue. This is one of the big failings in architectural businesses as people feel they cannot take time off or holidays or have appointments as there is usually no cover. It would help employers too so if someone does leave or need some leave for whatever life event things can go on without such big losses.
Also if employers don't pay enough to cover childcare and offer few benefits to cover living then usually people have to leave. The reality is that I have left architecture to work in childcare where I have less experience as I can earn more to take home working 4 days than 5 days in an architects office.
With the late hours it's said to be worked at this practice ......
Setting up a small young practice in the uk is very restricted due to framework procurment for public ans some private work.
Comment on: Number of women architects on the up
While encouraging to some personally I have heard of too many women colleagues in their 30s overlooked for promotion as they may have children or have them. In my experience the buck stops with the bosses not outside influences as to who they promote. Most practices only pay a minimum maternity pay but of course they may not be as willing to work late after having children.
Pay needs to improve in architecture to allow women to work and pay for childcare as it is often not worthwhile to work if you have more than one child in london.
After all we do not want to end up like japan with no young people working to pay our pensions.