Second AJ Women in Architecture survey reveals that unequal pay persists, while 89 per cent of women say having children is detrimental to career progression
Women in practice are still paid less than male counterparts, according to the AJ Women in Architecture 2013 survey.
Nearly a third of male architects working full time in the UK earn more than £48k, but less than a fifth of female equivalents earn that much.
The difference is most marked at the top end of the pay scale. At full-time director level in the UK, only 37 per cent of women earn between £61k and £99k a year, compared with 63 per cent of men – a staggering 26 percentage-point difference.
Seven hundred women and 191 men responded to the second AJ Women in Architecture survey, which asked about career challenges, childcare, sexual discrimination and role models.
A massive 89 per cent of women respondents think having children puts women at a disadvantage in architecture – up nine points on last year’s results. Meanwhile 61 per cent do not think the building industry has fully accepted the authority of the female architect.
Low pay, long hours and childcare costs are crippling factors, putting women at a disadvantage
Avanti Architects director Geraldine O’Riordan said: ‘The results do not surprise me. Relatively low pay, long hours and the cost of childcare are crippling factors, putting women at a disadvantage in architecture.’
And Maggie Mullan, partner at Austin-Smith:Lord, said: ‘Do owners intuitively pay their male staff more in the misguided view that they are the “breadwinners” and that women work for pin money? Or is it the case that women don’t tend to be as proactive in seeking reward? It could be a combination of both.’
Dagmar Binsted, senior architect at GMW Architects, said: ‘The issue here is not so much unequal pay on a one-by-one basis, but unequal opportunities. It is a symptom of the majority of female directors being in smaller practices or sole practitioners.’
As a profession need to do more to attract, treat fairly and keep diverse talent, including women
RIBA president Angela Brady added: ‘The profession must lead the way in diversity and equality so that all opinions are taken into account. But as is clearly reinforced by the AJ’s latest survey results, we as a profession need to do more to attract, treat fairly and keep diverse talent, including women. ‘Any employer paying a comparably experienced woman less than a man for the same job is acting abhorrently and illegally.’