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Women architects paid £5,000 less than men in North West, new survey reveals

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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

ProfessionAverage annual salary (male)Average annual salary (female)
Project manager £57,856 £41,653
General practice surveyor £56,398 £39,910
Quantity surveyor £52,261 £32,880
Building surveyor £49,760 £47,833
Building services consultant (M&E) £49,688 £30,575
Architectural technician £47,844 £31,833
Architect £43,937 £38,956
Structural engineer £42,916 £26,000
Structural technician £38,857 £23,850



Average annual salaries (male and female)

Profession (aged 21-30)Average annual salary
Quantity surveyor £53,334
Project manager £37,709
Building surveyor £34,029
General practice surveyor £31,242
Structural technician £30,502
Structural engineer £30,501
Building services consultant (M&E) £26,458
Architectural technician £26,417
Architect £25,114


ProfessionAverage annual salary
Project manager £53,895
Quantity surveyor £50,001
Building surveyor £49,616
Building services consultant (M&E) £48,062
General practice surveyor £46,785
Structural engineer £42,459
Architect £42,119
Architectural technician £39,049
Structural technician £37,332

 Read the full report here 

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