Salary Survey FAQ

FAQ - Salary Survey Architecture

1) Where does the data come from?

This is anecdotal information revised regularly in discussion with our recruitment partners. In the course of their day to day activities, salary levels are constantly discussed and can be accurately assessed from real amounts offered to the candidates they place into jobs. So, while not statistical, the data is from a real source and interpreted by people actively engaged in recruitment in these sectors.

2) There are salaries being paid outside the maximum and minimum parameters shown in the salary survey.

In a sector where individual ability is paramount, there will always be examples of people who fall below or above the parameters we have given. However, the majority of salaries do fall within these parameters. Nevertheless, the salary survey is intended as a guideline only.

3) Does the data take account of geographic differences?

To a point. The difficulty with regional variations is that while they undoubtedly exist, they are not straightforward. The traditional ‘North/South divide’ has been eroded in recent years and more importantly, there are (and have always been) variations within a region. For example, a salary of £40000 in Central London, may translate into a salary of £40000 in Central Manchester, but only £35000 in Canterbury, Kent. While cities tend to generate employment at higher salaries, the scarcity of qualified staff in more rural areas mitigates this to a degree.

4) What about contract/hourly rates?

The salary survey does not cover contract rates but broadly speaking an equivalent hourly rate can be calculated for any given role using the following formula.

Annual salary                              

-----------------------------------------      x 1.1

1800 (hours per annum).

This works to around £60K, salaries above which contract jobs are much rarer.

5) What are the definitions of staff types?

Most are easy to understand, but some require explanation. Generally where there is a reference to experience, it means total experience, rather than post qualification experience. References to ‘outside practice’ refer to architects/technicians working in those capacities, but for other organisations (e.g., local government, house builders and commercial business’s). It does not mean people working in another capacity (i.e. property developer) who also happen to be an architect, technician or interior designer.

6) What about Technologists?

For our purposes, technicians and technologist are the same thing. The term ‘technologists’ was invented about thirty years ago to distinguish members of the main professional body for architectural technicians from non members. 

In recent years this terminology has extended into the education sector. It is now possible to do a degree in architectural technology without ever going near an office - which, given the traditional role of the technician as being someone who has hands on practical experience, is a shame and a great detriment to individuals themselves who now compete with RIBA part 1 students (ie all classroom and no practical experience), whereas in the past they would have had several years of experience under their belt at the same point in their careers.