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The Results

 

Our recent in-depth analysis of salaries in the UK architecture industry, with a focus on London areas, combined data from various sources, including our own database of over 2,000 architecture professionals, as well as insights from recognised organisations such as the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Pay100.



Click here to download the full salary guide.


It’s essential to note that the salary guide provided serves as a rough guide based on widely reported salary norms in London. Salaries may vary significantly based on specific contexts and ever-changing market conditions.


The Pay Disparity Paradox

 

A noteworthy revelation emerged when comparing our findings to the RIBA salary survey. While our data closely aligned with that of Pay100 and our competitors, there was a stark contrast with RIBA’s findings. The RIBA survey reported significantly lower salaries, with differences as significant as 6-20% in reported average salaries.


This divergence may have contributed to a growing discontent among architectural professionals, potentially explaining the increased interest in vacancies outside of traditional architecture.


Salary Dynamics in a Changing Landscape

 

Salaries in the architecture industry have seen an average increase of 3-8%. While this is certainly a positive development, in real terms, despite a marginal improvement in remuneration, architects today may find themselves worse off than their counterparts a decade ago. 


This presents a challenge, and while most employers would like to offer higher salaries, it may not be feasible unless significant changes occur within the industry.


The past couple of years have been marked by volatile market changes, which have shaken confidence in the profession and made it challenging for many practices to achieve meaningful profits. 


However, through adversity comes progress. Extensive research into industry reports, such as The Glenigan Construction Review 2023 and CBRE’s Market Outlook Report 2023, coupled with insights from the last eight months of RIBA’s Future Trends Survey, suggest that significant improvements are on the horizon. 


What Happens Next

 

Our in-depth analysis of architectural salaries in 2023 leaves no room for doubt – architects deserve more, and change is imperative. We’ve offered practical solutions to address this challenge, which you can explore further in our blog titled “Elevating Prosperity in the UK Architecture Industry: Bridging the Salary Gap.”


Whether you’re an emerging talent or an established professional contemplating your career path, it’s crucial to strategically navigate your aspirations. 


At FAT Recruitment, we are dedicated to closing the gap between paper numbers and the true worth of architectural talent. We prioritise appropriately rewarding talent and fostering lasting connections that nurture professional growth while aligning with organisational goals.


Let’s join forces to create a partnership that breeds success. If you’re a talented professional seeking opportunities or a company in pursuit of exceptional talent, reach out to us today – we’re here to assist. 


Together, we can build a future in architecture that’s mutually rewarding and forges a meaningful nexus between talent and organisations, thriving in the ever-evolving architectural landscape.

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2023 Architecture Salary Guide

Whether you’re a seasoned professional, a budding architect or an employer in the industry, understanding the salary landscape is a helpful tool for making informed decisions. That’s why we’re pleased to unveil our comprehensive Salary Guide for the UK Architecture Industry.

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The architecture industry in the UK is a dynamic and ever-evolving field that plays a crucial role in shaping our built environment. From designing innovative structures to preserving historic landmarks, architects have a significant impact on the way we live and interact with our surroundings.

2023 ARCHITECTURE SALARY GUIDE
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