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THE ARCHITECTURAL GIANTS Berthold Lubetkin, Le Corbusier and Ove Arup brought together young architects Gordon Ryder and Peter Yates, who set up Ryder Architecture in Newcastle in 1953. Today the practice also has offices in London, Liverpool and Glasgow and a workforce of 130 people.
An architect earns £30,000 a year on average, benefiting from a profit-share scheme, 26 days of leave and “duvet days”. After five years, staff are eligible for a sabbatical.
Everybody is given three days a year to use for volunteering, and the firm supports AzuKo, an architecture charity that aims to empower communities through design. Staff say the organisation has a strong social conscience (89% positive).
A bursary of £10,000 is available to undergraduates if they perform exceptionally during a placement year at Ryder. People feel their job boosts their own growth (93%).
“Everyone is here to help each other,” says Thomas Phillips, a technology assistant. He adds that regular check-ins with his mentor “reassure [me] I’m still on track”.
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At least 20% of staff are known to undertake charitable activities during business hours without incurring financial loss
Companies offering a minimum of 25 days annual leave to all employees
Companies offering profit related pay to all employees
Companies who provide support for non-work related training
School hours contracts offered to staff
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