• 19th May 2016

Quarterly Architectural Salary Survey

Stride Recruitment is proud to release Quarterly Architectural Salary Survey.

What a difference a couple of years makes. We welcomed the new financial year in 2016 with an exceptionally strong quarter and a record number of new vacancies.

We were pleased to see many of the Top AJ 100 practices coming to us with their Architectural and Interior Design recruitment needs, both permanent and contract hires.

Despite talk of the Brexit and the uncertainty caused by the recent London Mayoral elections, the market is still very busy with skill shortages causing salaries to continue to rise at above inflation rates for the first time since the financial crisis. Clients are desperate for Revit proficient candidates, of all levels, and with Revit proficient people typically achieving salaries 10% higher than their 2D CAD counterparts, the demand for these people has resulted in higher employee attrition while at the same time, practices are embarking on recruitment drives.

Due to the recession and the subsequent reduced intake, the market is also still lacking rounded Project Architects with 3-5 years + PQE. At the senior level of the market, Project Runners with housing and towers experience are particularly in demand.

We have spoken to our clients, Architectural Directors and Partners, and in general, confidence is high, that 2016 will be a successful year in terms of growth and future project opportunities. As the candidate market continues to strengthen, and their ability to command multiple offers of employment and higher salaries, we recommend our clients identify their recruitment strategy as soon as possible.

If you are looking to recruit for your practice, or looking for a new role yourself, now is the right time to speak to Stride’s Architectural Recruitment team. Contact Mark at Stride on mnagle@stride-recruitment.com or call 02392 322253.

Survey sample conducted from Jan 2016 – March 2016

NB. Salary range reflects upon the size of the company recruiting with the larger AJ 100 practices paying higher salaries.

Due to a shortage of Revit users, professionals with full Revit proficiency and over 2 years practice based experience can expect to receive a salary / hourly rate around 10% higher than AutoCAD counterparts.


The results of the survey are for representative purposes only. Many factors contribute to a salary and all these variables need to be taken into account when considering the findings. Whilst every care is taken in the collection and compilation of data, the survey is interpretive and indicative, not conclusive. Therefore information should be used as a guideline only and should not be reproduced in total or by section without written prior permission from Stride.


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