After just seven months at Box Architects, I have been promoted to Associate on my last day of work before I head off on maternity leave.
My achievement makes me proud of being part of a company which recognises the value of its employees beyond any possible time or gender constraints.
It comes during the week in which companies have had to reveal their latest gender pay gap figures. It is shocking that eight in 10 UK firms still pay men more than women, with an average gap of 20 per cent. In fact, there was no significant improvement. The gender pay gap shrank slightly from 9.7 per cent to 9.6 per cent between 2017 and 2018.
The statistics are a stark reminder that there is a long way to go until we achieve equality in the workplace. And yet, I feel relieved knowing that at Box Architects, my talent and dedication have been valued above my personal choices in life.
My experience at the practice has been rewarding and fulfilling. I have had the chance to work on numerous challenging projects. But my resilience has shown that it is possible to fulfil a career goal.
I see myself growing at Box Architects. I have finally found the right environment in which I feel comfortable; one that has a human approach to projects coupled with the right level of respect for its senior management team. And I always know that I can count on my colleagues for support. I look forward to returning to work after my maternity leave to keep living this exciting experience.
Graham Place, CEO of Box Architects, says: “In the space of just a few short months, Federica has become a significant force in our London office, gaining the respect of her colleagues. She has been integral in driving our internal champions programme and is huge support to our Associate Director, Anna Hollyman. We wish her all the very best and look forward to her return.”