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Architects Work Longer, Without Pay

Friday, November 21, 2014

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Many architects in the UK are expected to work longer hours without pay, a new survey suggests.

“Nearly two-fifths (38.4 percent) of architects work at least 10 hours of overtime every week, most of it unpaid,” according to a survey conducted by Architects’ Journal, a British publication.

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Nearly 40 percent of architects say they work at least 10 hours beyond their core or contracted hours. And eight in 10 say they never received extra pay for extra work.

The survey found that 81 percent never received extra pay for their work.

The online survey polled 400 architects, designers and students in the UK.

‘Long-Hours Culture’

“The long-hours culture has become a must to demonstration loyalty, and deservedness for promotion," the Royal Institute of British Architects president-elect Jane Duncan told the Architects’ Journal.

"This is prejudicial against anyone with a life, and destroys morale.”

She further commented that the industry was “putting its head in the sand” over the issue which could prompt talented designers to leave the profession.

The survey also found that almost 10 percent of architects said they worked 20 hours or more overtime each week. Further, more than 64 percent said they either rarely or never received time off for the hours they worked beyond what was core or contracted, the journal reported.

Production, Stress Issues

The longer hours worked, the less productive the worker becomes, according to a spokesman for the UK's Union of Construction Allied Trades and Technicians.

Barckley Sumner told the Architects’ Journal that “If you look at the indicators for stress, the kind of hours shown by the survey are a recipe for long-term stress problems—really significant issues that affect people’s physical and mental health.”

There has not been a similar survey of architects in the U.S. and a spokesman for the American Institute of Architects declined to comment on the issue.


Tagged categories: Architects; Architecture; Business management; Business matters; Europe; Good Technical Practice; Trends

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