Low Pay is a subject of some discussion amongst architects, not least in the UK, where Keith Tomlinson has set up a Facebook Page ‘Architects Against Low Pay’ to campaign for change. When I wrote about this in June I made the point that tackling Low Pay in Architecture also means
“teaching people who have architectural practice how to run them on a profitable basis, and not to resort to exploitative employment practices as a substitute for business ethics, just because ‘its what we did when I was a Part II’.’
So when Dominic Kos of World Architecture News asked me to help support their new survey of architects pay, I jumped a the chance to make some suggestions as to how architects might improve their business profitability, so that they can pay their staff a good wage, and get some real income themselves.
The article was published in the World Architecture News Review today – you can read it here:
How to pay your staff (and yourself) well
Do let me know what you think of it. And if you’d like to know more about what architects are paid all over the world, why not get your practice signed up to the WAN Survey of Salary, Benefits and Diversity 2010 this week, and in the autumn you’ll be able to access the results of the survey.
Excellent, sending it to my boss.
Thanks Anthony, hope its worth it!
Matthew Franklin says
I thought the World Architecture News article was excellent and most helpful.
andy ramus says
I am an architect with a young small practice in hampshire that have until lately never had to worry about generating new work.
Due to current work loadsI have been reading your blog and various articles this week in an effort to gain ideas on generating leads. We like many others in the industry at the moment are finding work scars and competition fierce. Having cut our prices back to costs we are still finding we are being hugely undercut by the zero overhead, non VAT registered brigade that have sprung up on the back of so many redundancies in the industry.
While I find you articles very interesting I feel it would really valuable for you to go in to some practical depth as to exactly how to generate lead, how to sell etc. Ideally this could take the form of a case study/s that may descibe how various methods have been effective in the past.
Also very interested in the social media side of thing. Keen to get involved in this but also to understand the destial of how bloging etc can generate work. I would imagine case studies of your previous experiences would be really helpful.
James Carr, AIA says
Thanks for a good read.
Thanks James, your comment is appreciated.