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One in five architects is expecting a pay cut

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One in five architects anticipates a cut in pay this year, according to a report from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

The report shows that 17 per cent of 156 building designers polled over the winter anticipated their total remuneration falling over the next 12 months.

A further 46 per cent expected no change in their income, with 9 per cent unsure, and 2 per cent expecting to leave the profession. This meant just one in four architects expected a pay rise in 2018.

Separate data from the Federation of Master Builders earlier this month suggested that the average bricklayer was now earning 10 per cent more than the typical architect.

The RICS Rewards and Attitudes survey, carried out with recruiter Macdonald & Company, showed a range of other building professionals bringing home greater sums than building designers.

Architects polled by RICS reported an average salary of £56,946, but this was dwarfed by the £81,609 posted by construction managers, and was below £63,549 for project managers and even £59,606 for estate agents.

Architects earned marginally more than quantity surveyors, according to the poll, but less than planners.

While six in 10 building designers received a pay rise last year, one in 20 took a cut.


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