The Gender Pay Gap is a much talked about issue and one that SRA pays attention to. We aim to minimise the Gender Pay Gap within our Practice and encourage all of our team to feel equally supported and encouraged to fulfil their career ambitions.
The Government requires businesses with more than 250 employees to publish their mean and median gender pay gaps, and some more detailed stats. They set out the way the data is to be collected, who is to be included and excluded.
Recently the AJ published the results for architects employed in large architectural practices. This gave a very mixed picture, as you can see from this chart.
We have put SRA’s equivalent Gender Pay Gap stats on to this chart to see how we fare. Female architects currently make up 42% of our total and our median pay gap for female architects is currently just under 6%. This puts us well towards the bottom right hand corner of the chart.
What can SRA understand from completing this exercise? Several things:
The Gender Pay Gap is a serious matter in our industry: we need to monitor and move towards reducing it.
SRA’s Gender Pay Gap is smaller than most of the top practices shown on the AJ’s chart. For SRA, our Gender Pay Gap is largely driven by having more male than female architect associates. We are not complacent about this. We have a number of opportunities in place that support flexible working. We look to provide whatever support we feasibly can to those returning to work after having a child, and indeed everyone with caring commitments.
It is vital to continue to listen and respond quickly to all our aspiring leaders. We aim to do as much as we can to help support their career ambitions.
We continue to ensure that we are gender-blind when it comes to salaries and progression.
We welcome the introduction of Gender Pay Gap reporting and anticipate that one day it will apply to businesses of any size. Analysing SRA’s Gender Pay Gap has given us another tool to help us ensure that everyone is given equal opportunity to flourish and to achieve their full potential.