The Pay 100 aims for ‘full pay transparency’ at UK architecture studios

A group of architectural workers have launched an anonymous salary survey to highlight which UK studios pay the highest salaries for different roles in the architectural profession.

Launched earlier this year, Pay 100 aims to collect data on wages currently being paid across the UK architectural studio workforce to encourage pay transparency and increase wages.

“First and foremost, our primary goal is to encourage improved wages for the architectural workforce through the introduction of full wage transparency,” The Pay 100 told Dezeen.

“Taking into account the recent socio-political climate, while observing the mood of the profession in general, we see this moment as a crucial opportunity to have a positive impact on all parties involved.”

“Our rankings will name the top 100 paying practices”

The group is currently collecting data through a salary survey on its website and will publish the average salaries currently earned for each different position.

It will also release rankings listing the top 100 studios that pay the highest salaries, which gives the group its name.

“We are working on releasing various lists that are representative of different roles,” The Pay 100 said.

“Our rankings will name the 100 best compensation practices, each accompanied by an average annual salary from our database, submitted by employees via our website.”

“We hope that by celebrating individually named practices for their salary averages, potential employees can refer to them for guidance on job applications and managing expectations, encouraging future salary competition between practices. “

“Compensation transparency could be the helping hand the profession needs”

Currently, 300 people have deposited their salaries and the group hopes to receive 1,000 contributions before publishing its results. It aims to publish a first “snapshot” of its results on November 1.

The group believes the listings will incentivize higher salaries and draw positive attention to studios where employees are well paid.

“Compensation transparency may just be the helping hand the profession needs,” said The Pay 100.

“There are already practices emerging that are beginning to reap the rewards of improved well-being, while demonstrating that they value their employees,” the group continues.

“We also think these things go together, and we’d like to see practices that are more focused on other things realize the full business potential of employing happier people who feel truly valued.”

The pay survey comes at a time when increased attention is being paid to working practices in architectural studios in the UK and around the world, where a culture of low pay and long hours is criticized.

“We aim to empower individual employers and employees”

In the UK, the independent union United Voices of the World’s Section of Architectural Workers (UVW-SAW) was launched in 2019 and Bernheimer Architecture became the first private sector architecture studio to unionize in the US earlier This year.

“While wages are the focus, as a by-product we aim to empower employers and employees, to shine a light on the true potential of being part of progressive collective change,” said The Pay 100.

In an opinion piece for Dezeen, Andrew Daley of Architectural Workers United said widespread unionization should be supported by studio bosses because it would give workers a fair deal and help businesses thrive.

“Changing the culture of overwork, the mentality of passion over pay and creating an inclusive work environment starts with banding together as workers,” he said.

“As we talk to more workers interested in how organizing can support them, we envision a future where the whole sector is lifted up to have equal leverage with our peers in the construction industry. .”

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