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Business Benchmarking

The annual RIBA Business Benchmarking survey provides vital business knowledge about how your practice compares to others across a broad spectrum of criteria.

Business Benchmarking 2019 Summary

The RIBA’s annual Business Benchmarking report tracks the business of doing architecture among RIBA Chartered Practices. Despite Brexit uncertainty, the 2019 RIBA Business Benchmarking Survey shows a growing profession, delivering increased revenue both in the UK and overseas.

Key trends revealed in the 2019 RIBA Business Benchmarking report include:

  • RIBA Chartered Practices have worked on 173,000 projects in the last year
  • revenues are up by 13% in the last 12 months to £3.6bn, and have cumulatively more than doubled since 2012
  • the overall value of international (non-UK) work has increased since 2018 by 22% to £625m
  • three years after the UK’s referendum on leaving the EU, the value of revenue from work in the EU is now the highest it has ever been, growing by 73% since 2015

The Executive Summary for the 2019 Benchmarking survey is available to download as a PDF.

Chartered Practices can access the online tool and download previous reports.

Overview

The annual RIBA Business Benchmarking survey provides vital business knowledge about how your practice compares to others across a broad spectrum of criteria. It allows you to identify areas of strength, weakness and opportunity.

The survey offers a truly in-depth evaluation of how well your practice is performing against the following criteria:

  • profit
  • turnover
  • marketing spend
  • hourly rates
  • salaries
  • client types and sectors

Information provided to practices by the survey provides high-quality business intelligence to inform practice management.

The survey also provides an invaluable source of historical trend data to help shape the future of the profession.

All RIBA Chartered Practices benefit from and are required to complete the RIBA Business Benchmarking Survey by 31 July each year. Information is collected and analysed in complete confidence by our project partners at The Fees Bureau and MRM Solutions.

Chartered Practices can complete the RIBA Business Benchmarking survey, and access the reports and online tool here, and download previous reports here.

For some handy hints on completing the survey, see our Guidance notes below.

The Executive Summary for the 2019 Benchmarking survey is available to download as a PDF.

Watch the video below to see how to get the best out of the interactive RIBA Benchmark Tool.

What’s in the Benchmarking Tool?

With the Benchmarking tool, you will benefit from:

  • the ability to compare your practice with others like you
  • direct and ongoing access to survey data
  • increased functionality to produce bespoke comparisons and reports
  • data that’s directly relevant to you and your practice
  • access to year on year data and trends

If you are not yet a RIBA Chartered Practice and would like to take part in this year’s Benchmarking Survey, please telephone +44 (0)20 7307 3800 or email Membership Development.

Queries

For further information on the RIBA Business Benchmarking Survey, or to register your interest in participating, please contact us by email.

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