Gender pay gap for staff revealed at Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed that it pays women 19.6 percent less than men, based on the median of its staff salaries.

The London studio, currently head by Patrik Schumacher, has had to make its gender-pay-gap figures public following a change in law in the UK.

The median gender pay gap was calculated by comparing the salary of the middle earning man and woman at the practice.

Additionally, women’s mean hourly rate at Zaha Hadid Architects is 20.9 percent lower than men, meaning they earn 79 pence for every one pound that men earn.

The studio claims the pay gap is due to a greater number of men in senior positions at the company.

“This pay gap exists because higher proportion of our longest-serving team members who grew the practice with Zaha Hadid over the past 30 years are male and have continued to lead the company since her passing in 2016,” said a statement from the practice.

“We therefore currently have a smaller proportion of women than men in higher paid senior positions.”

Mouzhan Majidi, chief executive of Zaha Hadid Architects, told Dezeen that employees in the same position are paid equally at the firm.

He said, “We are committed to an inclusive working environment of equal opportunity that is gender aware and recognises the important contributions of every individual member of our team.”

The practice also stated that it has created a mentorship programme and increased maternity pay throughout the practice in an effort to tackle its gender pay gap.

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