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Gender pay gap: RIBA volunteers its own figures

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RIBA president Ben Derbyshire has called on small practices to follow suit after the organisation voluntarily released its gender pay gap data this morning

According to the figures, which are based on the median wages of RIBA staff, women’s hourly rate is 4.1 per cent less than the men’s, well beneath the UK’s median pay gap of 18.1 per cent.

The organisation’s mean pay gap is slightly higher at 14.61 per cent and it also revealed no bonuses had been paid to male or female staff. 

The institute said there was still room for improvement, adding that, while 63 per cent of its staff are female, the pay gap was partly due to senior roles being ’overrepresented by men’.

Uner new government legislation, companies with more than 250 employees must report on their pay gaps – the difference between the average earnings of men and women – by midnight today (4 April 2018).

With fewer than 250 employees, RIBA is not required to, but its president Ben Derbyshire said he hoped publishing the figures would encourage smaller architectural practices to voluntarily release their data.

He said: ‘I am proud to represent an organisation that is leading by example, by voluntarily sharing its gender pay data and analysis. I encourage practices with fewer than 250 staff to follow suit, and publish their data.

’The RIBA executive and trustees are focused on ensuring our institute is in the best possible shape to give our members the support they need to succeed now and in the future – diverse and talented staff are absolutely key to achieving this.’

RIBA chief executive Alan Vallance added that the RIBA was tackling diversity issues by investing in technology so that more staff can work part-time.

He said: ‘We are committed to ensuring our advertising and recruitment processes encourage diversity, particularly with regard to our more senior roles, and are evolving our approach to career development.’

RIBA Enterprises, the institute’s commercial arm, has also reported its gender pay gap figures, as it was obliged to do under the government’s new mandatory reporting rules. 

The figures, based on the median of its staff salaries, reveal women’s hourly rate is 12.9 per cent less than the men’s. The mean figure shows a higher disparity of 16.2 per cent.

In terms of bonuses, 89 per cent of women received bonuses, compared with 91 per cent of men, and women’s median bonus pay was 17 per cent lower.

The firm, which trades as NBS, said it welcomed the opportunity for greater transparency and that it was committed to making sure its staff were rewarded fairly. 

NBS finance director Irene Peel said: ’The causes of a gender pay gap can be varied and complex. However, at NBS we are committed to balancing the differential from a gender perspective by taking action to address it.’


Readers' comments (3)

  • 'Hourly rates' -- obviously different to pay, salary, earnings, remuneration etc. The phrase comes from the era of clocking in at the factory gate.

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  • Bruce Buckland

    Is Paul Finch the only member of the architectural establishment talking sense on this topic? It appears so.

    Bang your drum harder Paul, more people can see through this ludicrous statistical comedy of errors than its exponents realise. You are the only one they will listen to!

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  • This is a very complex issues that is generally being converted into convenient soundbites or tweet -length content. My son lives in Sweden where more has been done than almost any society in history to put equality at the centre of their laws. There is still a pay gap, radical differences in the kinds of work that are freely selected by each gender and an almost negligible take up in Paternity leave at around 3%. Again, this is a very complex issue.

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