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Foster + Partners asks staff to take a 20% pay cut


Foster + Partners has furloughed some of its employees and asked every staff member to take a 20 per cent pay cut as a result of the coronavirus outbreak

Staff who are unable to carry out their work at home have all been furloughed, which will see them paid 80 per cent of their salary up to £30,000 by the UK government.

Other Fosters staff, including those working in overseas offices, have asked been asked to take a 20 per cent pay cut for three months.

However, Fosters said all their employees would be paid a minimum of £25,000 or their full salary if less than this.

Managing director Matthew Streets said the measures were ‘the best way to help protect the practice’ during the ‘challenging and uncertain times caused by the outbreak of coronavirus’.

The company employed an average of 1,317 employees for the year ended 30 April 2019, spending a total of £121 million on staff costs.

The group turned over £258 million in the same year, making a pre-tax profit of £21 million. Its highest-paid director earned £2.6 million for the year.

Staff at the nation’s largest practice are far from alone in having to take a cut in pay during the Covid-19 crisis.

According to early findings from the AJ’s latest coronavirus survey (see graph right), 29 per cent of the nearly 400 architects and architectural assistants who responded said their pay had been reduced.


Readers' comments (3)

  • It is sobering to read that Foster's highest paid director received £2.6m in 2019 against the recent article reporting Mark Hatter's concerns about the profession that highlighted that the average salary for the director of a two-person practice is £26,938. Small practices make up between 80% - 90% of the profession and are all seriously underpaid.

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  • I wonder if Foster's highest paid director is domiciled outside the UK?
    If, perchance, this has resulted in a significant loss of income to the Treasury over the years, perhaps the director would do the decent thing in these extraordinary times and reimburse the country for what it's lost, in its time of extreme need.
    A bit like Oliver Twist asking for more, really.

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  • Industry Professional

    Surely practices should be paying bonuses to staff retained at work not "giving" them a 20% pay cut!

    At Fosters you either do a full working week - or nothing at all. For the same money!

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