Foster + Partners has committed to pay all its staff the London Living Wage - a minimum hourly wage of £9.15
Everyone working at the AJ100 practice, whether permanent staff or contractors, will now receive the rate which is £2.65 above the national minimium.
The London Living Wage, set annually by the Greater London Authority, is significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50. It is calculated based on the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK.
Charlotte Sword, head of HR, Foster + Partners: ‘Signing up to the London Living Wage is an important part of our commitment to being a responsible employer and creating a great place to work for our 1,250-strong team. We believe the London Living Wage brings long-term benefit to our people and our practice.’
The practice is one of just a small number of architectural firms who have committed to pay staff the living wage. Arup, Hogarth Architects, Lyndon Goode Architects, and Max Fordham are also signed up to the pay standard.
Rhys Moore, director of the Living Wage Foundation, added: ‘Foster + Partners is one of the first architectural practices to sign up to the voluntary Living Wage scheme, and we hope their leadership will encourage others in the sector to consider the Living Wage as a mark of responsible business.’