A survey of architects in the North West has revealed that female architects are paid nearly £5,000 less than men and that young architects receive the lowest average salaries across the construction industry
The study, conducted by the Salford-based Vertical Recruitment agency and B2B website Place North West, surveyed 678 property and construction professionals in the region.
While male architects reported an average annual salary of £43,937, female counterparts reported average earnings of £38,956 – a gap of £4,981.
And across all the construction disciplines polled in the survey, men reported earning an average salary of £49,200, compared with £38,772 for women, a gender pay gap of £10,428.
Rebecca Stone, an architect based at Purcell’s Manchester office, said the results reflected ‘a gender-imbalanced industry’.
She added: ‘The reason is more difficult to assess. These results could be skewed by childcare restrictions, location and fewer females occupying senior roles.’
In addition, of all those aged 30 or under across the nine disciplines surveyed, architects earned the lowest average annual salary: £25,114.
The study also revealed that architects have one of the lowest average salaries at £42,119 – only architectural technicians and structural technicians receive less.
Vertical Recruitment director James Adamson said: ‘The disparity between architecture and other professions was not surprising. Architecture was probably hit the hardest during the recession, for a number of reasons, and salaries have since struggled to keep up with other disciplines.
‘This is particularly notable for those relatively new to the industry, hence the impact on the 21-30 age group.’
He added: ‘Clients have pointed to a decline in architecture fees during these difficult times, which may have resulted in pay freezes and lower salaries being offered to new recruits.’
Gender pay gap
|Profession||Average annual salary (male)||Average annual salary (female)|
|General practice surveyor||£56,398||£39,910|
|Building services consultant (M&E)||£49,688||£30,575|
Average annual salaries (male and female)
|Profession (aged 21-30)||Average annual salary|
|General practice surveyor||£31,242|
|Building services consultant (M&E)||£26,458|
|Profession||Average annual salary|
|Building services consultant (M&E)||£48,062|
|General practice surveyor||£46,785|