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RIBA publishes 2019 gender pay gap data

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today reported its gender pay data for 2019.

17 July 2020

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today reported its gender pay data for 2019.  

The RIBA data, from the 308 employees on 5 April 2019 snapshot date, was: 

  • Median gender pay gap: 12.58% 
  • Mean gender pay gap: 19.60% 
  • Proportion of men in the organisation receiving a bonus payment: 8.13% 
  • Proportion of women in the organisation receiving a bonus payment: 1.62% 
  • Mean bonus gender pay gap: 59.90% 
  • Median bonus gender pay gap: -8.43% 

Proportion of females and males at each salary quartile

 Quartile  Female  Male
 Upper quartile  41.56%  58.44%
 Upper middle quartile  63.64%  36.36%
 Lower middle quartile  67.53%  32.47%
 Lower quartile  67.53%  32.47%

 Total workforce  Female  Male
   60.06%  39.94%

RIBA CEO, Alan Vallance, said:   

“Our 2019 gender pay data presents a mixed picture of our staffing trends at that time, and indicates where we needed to focus our efforts. Whilst there was an overall increase in the number of female staff, and an improvement in gender balance for junior roles, we were still overrepresented by men in senior positions.

We are working hard to close our gender pay gap. Last year we put in place a comprehensive action plan focused on attracting, developing and retaining talented staff. We overhauled our recruitment strategy, introduced internal promotions guidance and emphasised our flexible working options. It is too early to track the impact of these initiatives on future gender pay gap data, but it is clear that we are transforming. We have embraced flexible working and we have an increasingly balanced and diverse leadership team.

We also take seriously our responsibility to lead the architecture profession by example. In 2019 we provided practical guidance for our members on how to close the gender pay gap, and we will continue to demand the highest standards and drive change.” 


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