Fair Pay for Part 1 Graduates – Living Wage Increase


Over the past four years, RSUA has sought to tackle the issue of fair pay for Part 1 graduates following some reports of unattractive and at times exploitative terms and conditions. 

By 2019, 68 practices had signed up to the RSUA Commitments to Fair Pay for Part 1 Graduates. The headline commitment is to pay a minimum of the UK Living Wage as set by the  Living Wage Foundation. On Monday 9 November 2020 it was announced that the recommended UK Living Wage will increase from £9.30 an hour to £9.50 an hour and that employers should implement this increase by 9 May 2021. Click here to read the updated RSUA Commitments to Fair Pay for Part 1 Graduates.

AECOMHLM ArchitectsPaul McAlister Architects
Alan Patterson Design LLPHMD ArchitectsPaul McGarvey Architect
Alastair Coey ArchitectsHPA ArchitecturePeter Drummond Architects
Allan Curran Architects LtdHutcheson Irvine PartnershipPhilip Parker Architects
Architects Knox & MarkwellIain Stewart ArchitectPHP Architects
ARdMackel ArchitectsInvisible ArchitectureR.Robinson and Sons Ltd 
Arigho Larmour Wheeler ArchitectsJohn Kirkpatrick ArchitectRachel Bevan Architects
ASI Architects LtdKennedy Fitzgerald Architects LLPRapport Architects
bcl architectureKevin Cartin Architects Ltd Robert Bleakney Architects
Bell ArchitectsManor ArchitectsRobinson McIlwaine
Blamphin + AssociatesMcAdam DesignRolston Architects
Calico ArchitectsMcCann Moore ArchitectsRonan Downey Chartered Architect
Christopher McCauley ArchitectMcCreanor & Co. ArchitectsRPP Architects Limited
David Wilson ArchitectMcGarry MoonSamuel Stevenson & Sons
Doherty ArchitectsMcGirr Architects LtdShane Birney Architects
d-on ArchitectsMcGonigle McGrathStudio Idir
Feilden Clegg Bradley StudiosMcGurk ArchitectsStudio Rogers
GM Design Associates LtdMcLean & ForteThe Boyd Partnership
Gregory ArchitectsMHA Architects TODD Architects
Hackett ArchitectsMichael Whitley ArchitectsTÓG Architecture 
Hall Black DouglasMMASTracey Architects
Hall McKnightMullarkey Pedersen ArchitectsWDR & RT TAGGART
Hamilton ArchitectsNewline ArchitectsWhite Ink
Here ArchitectsOstick +Williams

Uncommit or Recommit

If your practice is listed above but you wish to end your commitment, please contact us immediately by emailing jude@rsua.org.uk. If you want to remain on the list, you don’t have to do anything. 

These commitments are only of any value if they are honoured by all organisations that sign up to them. If you are a Fair Payorganisation, please ensure that you are meeting the commitments. Whilst the commitments are made voluntarily, having publicly made them, any breach of the commitments could be considered a breach of Standard 1 of the ARB Architects Code of Conduct. If you are aware of a Fair Pay employer failing to honour the commitments please report this directly to me, confidentially, on ciaran@rsua.org.uk or 0772 500 9765. 

Commit for first time

We are keen to extend the uptake of these commitments. If your organisation is not currently listed above but you support the commitments please contact Jude Faloon by emailing jude@rsua.org.uk  This set of commitments applies equally to private sector and public sector employers.

Keeping RSUA members up to date

On the 1 December 2020 we will inform our 300 student members of the increase in the UK Living Wage as set by the Living Wage Foundation, along with a list of employers who have agreed to continue honouring the commitments. We will also be asking all current Part 1 graduates to report any deviations from the set of commitments. 

Have you a job for a Part 1 Graduate?

If you have a job now, or in the future, for a Part 1 graduate please advertise your job on the RSUA website.