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Fosters pledges to pay all staff London Living Wage


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.’


Readers' comments (6)

  • Perhaps Norman Foster would like to champion 'Minimum Architects Fee Scales' and 'Protection of Function of Architect'.

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  • In the architecture profession (even at the lowest levels which these wages obviously refer to?) is it not fair to expect more than the minimum wage anyway?

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  • I really hope this only applies to staff supporting architects, and the architects are earning that or more already...

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  • Could the AJ please clarify just who (if anybody) at what is presumably one of the biggest and most succesful practices in history was getting less than the living wage? If this is a commitment to paying support staff and workers such as cleaners then its a great commitment. If this relates to any level of qualified professional staff then it's of some serious concern.

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  • With the late hours it's said to be worked at this practice ......

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  • In response to Ian's question, Fosters says the wage level will apply to all, whether they be 'permanent employees or
    third-party contractors, cleaners and suppliers'.
    Will Hurst, Acting Deputy Editor, AJ

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