To attract and retain talent it is essential that architecture is a career where each individual is valued and where everyone’s talent and effort is rewarded fairly. RSUA believes that fair reward should be in place from day one of a graduate’s employment. We also believe that practices should have the opportunity to publicly demonstrate their commitment to the next generation of architects and that students should be able to make informed decisions as to where to seek employment based on this.
RSUA believes it is very damaging to the sustainability of the profession of architecture when practices seek to minimise their cost base and undercut their competition by paying Part 1 Graduates less than the UK Living Wage.
RSUA has therefore developed Commitments to Fair Pay for Part 1 Graduates which sets some minimum standards and RSUA is pleased to report that 66 practices are now signed up. The headline commitment is to pay a minimum of the UK Living Wage as set by the Living Wage Foundation which recently increased from £9 per hour to £9.30 an hour.
This week, we informed our 300 student members of the new list of employers who are signed up to the commitments.
The following is a list of the 66 organisations currently championing fair pay for part 1 graduates:
|AECOM||Hamilton Architects||Newline Architects|
|Alan Patterson Design LLP||Here Architects||Ostick + Williams|
|Alastair Coey Architects||HLM Architects||Paul McAlister Architects|
|Allan Curran Architects Ltd||HMD Architects||Paul McGarvey Architect|
|Architects Knox & Markwell||Hutcheson Irvine Partnership||Peter Drummond Architects|
|ARdMackel Architects||Iain Stewart Architect||Philip Parker Architects Ltd|
|Arigho Larmour Wheeler Architects||Invisible Architecture||PHP Architects|
|ASI Architects Ltd||John Kirkpatrick Architect||Rachel Bevan Architects|
|bcl architecture||Kennedy Fitzgerald Architects LLP||Robert Bleakney Architects|
|Bell Architects||Kevin Cartin Architects Ltd||Robinson McIlwaine|
|Blamphin + Associates||Manor Architects||Rolston Architects|
|Calico Architects||McAdam Design||Ronan Downey Chartered Architect|
|Christopher McCauley Architect||McCreanor & Co. Architects||RPP Architects Limited|
|David Wilson Architect||McGarry Moon||Samuel Stevenson & Sons|
|Doherty Architects||McGirr Architects Ltd||Shane Birney Architects|
|d-on Architects||McGonigle McGrath||Studio Idir|
|Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios||McGurk Architects||Studio Rogers|
|GM Design Associates Ltd||McLean & Forte||The Boyd Partnership|
|Gregory Architects||MHA Architects||TODD Architects|
|Hackett Architects||Michael Whitley Architects||Tracey Architects|
|Hall Black Douglas||MMAS||WDR & RT Taggart|
|Hall McKnight||Mullarkey Pedersen Architects||White Ink|
These commitments are only of any value if they are honoured by all organisations that sign up to them. If you are a Fair Pay organisation, please ensure that you are meeting the commitments. Whilst the commitments are made voluntarily, having publicly made them, any breach of the commitments could be considered a breach of Standard 1 of the ARB Architects Code of Conduct. If you are aware of a Fair Pay employer failing to honour the commitments please report this directly to Ciarán Fox, confidentially, on firstname.lastname@example.org or 028 9032 3760.