Fair Pay for Part 1 Graduates – Real Living Wage Increase for 2023/24


Over the past seven 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.

RSUA is pleased to report that now 92 practices are signed up to the RSUA Commitments to Fair Pay for Part 1 Graduates. The headline commitment is to pay a minimum of the Real Living Wage as set by the Living Wage Foundation. This recently increased from £10.90 an hour to £12 per hour. Employers should implement this increase by no later than 1 May 2024.

This month RSUA informed all of our student members of the list of employers who are signed up to the commitments.

The 92 organisations currently championing fair pay for part 1 graduates are:

2020 ArchitectsHamill ArchitectsMMAS
AECOMHamilton ArchitectsMontgomery Irwin Architecture & Design
Alan Jones ArchitectsHBK ArchitectsMullarkey Pedersen Architects
Alan Patterson Design LLPHere ArchitectsNeil Mathews Architects
Alastair Coey ArchitectsHLM ArchitectsNewline Architects
Allan Curran Architects LtdHMD ArchitectsNigel Jones Architects
Architects Knox & MarkwellHPA ArchitectureOstick +Williams
ARdMackel ArchitectsHutcheson Irvine PartnershipPaul McAlister Architects
Arigho Larmour Wheeler ArchitectsIain Stewart ArchitectPaul McGarvey Architect
ASI Architects LtdInvisible ArchitecturePeter Drummond Architects
BCL architectureIsherwood & EllisPhilip Parker Architects
Bell ArchitectsJohn Kirkpatrick ArchitectPHP Architects
Bernard Dinsmore Chartered ArchitectKennedy Fitzgerald Architects LLPR.Robinson and Sons Ltd
BGA ArchitectsKevin Cartin Architects LtdRachel Bevan Architects
Blamphin + AssociatesLike ArchitectsRapport Architects
Bradley McClure ArchitectsManor ArchitectsRaymond Goodwin Architects
Christopher McCauley ArchitectMarshall McCann ArchitectsRMI Architects
Construction & Procurement Delivery (CPD)McAdam DesignRobert Bleakney Architects
David Wilson ArchitectMcAdam Stewart ArchitectsRonan Downey Chartered Architect
Doherty ArchitectsMcCann Moore ArchitectsRPP Architects Limited
d-on ArchitectsMcCartan Muldoon ArchitectsSamuel Stevenson & Sons
Farren ArchitectsMcCreanor & Co. ArchitectsShane Birney Architects
Feilden Clegg Bradley StudiosMcGarry MoonStudio Idir
FM Corr and AssociatesMcGirr Architects LtdThe Boyd Partnership
Glenn Massey ArchitectsMcGonigle McGrathTODD Architects
GM Design Associates LtdMcGurk ArchitectsTÓG Architecture
Gravity ArchitectsMcLean & ForteTracey Architects
Gregory ArchitectsMHA ArchitectsWDR & RT Taggart
Hackett ArchitectsMicah T JonesWhite Ink
Hall Black DouglasMichael Whitley ArchitectsWhittaker and Watt Architects
Hall McKnightMilligan Reside Larkin Architects Ltd

These commitments are only of any value if they are honoured by all organisations that sign up to them. RSUA have reminded all Fair Pay organisations to ensure that they 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 RSUA Director Ciarán Fox, confidentially, on ciaran@rsua.org.uk or 0772 500 9765.