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RIBA publishes 2018 gender pay gap data

04 April 2019

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today reported its gender pay data for 2018.

The RIBA data, from the 288 employees on the April 2018 snapshot date, was:

  • Median gender pay gap: 9.81%
  • Mean gender pay gap: 17.27%
  • Proportion of men in the organisation receiving a bonus payment: 3.2% (4 roles)
  • Proportion of women in the organisation receiving a bonus payment: 0%
  • Mean bonus gender pay gap: 100%
  • Median bonus gender pay gap: 100%
 Quartile  Female  Male
 Upper quartile  38.36%  61.64%
 Upper middle quartile  66.67%  33.33%
 Lower middle quartile  59.72%  40.28%
 Lower quartile  63.01%  36.11%

 Total workforce  Female  Male
   57.00%  43.00%

RIBA Chief Executive Alan Vallance said:

“Our latest gender pay gap data presents a mixed picture of our staffing trends. There has been some improvement in the gender balance of our more junior roles, with more progress yet to make, but we continue to have an overrepresentation of men in senior positions. 70% of women leaving the RIBA during this reporting period were on higher salaries, emphasising why retention and progression of our team remain key priorities.

The architecture profession, and the RIBA itself, must reflect the diversity of our society. As part of a proactive programme to close the gender pay gap where it exists, we are supporting our members with resources including a new guidance document for practices. Our own action plan is guided by the Government Equalities Office’s best practice and this year we are focusing on further improving how we recruit, develop and retain our staff.

We will be building on the range of measures we already have in place to support our team, professionally and personally. For example, in 2018 we revised our family friendly policies, introducing generous new entitlements to support staff to balance work and caring responsibilities. 19% of our staff work part time, with many others making use of our flexible arrangements.”


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