Business benchmarking

The annual RIBA Business Benchmarking Survey provides vital business knowledge about how your practice compares to others like it across a broad spectrum of criteria, allowing you to identify areas of strength, weakness and opportunity. The analysis gleaned from the survey is also an invaluable source of retrospective data to help shape the future of the profession. 

The next run of the RIBA Business Benchmarking survey will take place in summer 2015. 

The Executive Summary for the 2013/14 Benchmarking survey is available here.

PDF RIBA Business Benchmarking survey Executive Summary 2013/14

 File size:  97kB

Read the RIBA Business Benchmarking and RIBA Future Trends survey's analytical report

PDFRIBA Business Benchmarking Analytical Report - Final
File size: 660kB

Participation in the RIBA Business Benchmarking Survey, the information for which is collected and analysed in complete confidence by our partners at Colander and MRMSolutions, is now a part of the RIBA Chartered Practice criteria for ALL practices.

Assess performance

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

  • profit to turnover
  • profit per fee earner
  • profit per partner/director
  • turnover per fee earner
  • marketing spend
  • hourly charge-out rates
  • targeted chargeable hours
  • salaries
  • client types and sectors.

A bespoke report

Each year the findings of the survey are made available to all participating practices in the form of bespoke reports plus an annual report, which enables practices to benchmark against all the survey's key indicators.

The data gleaned from these reports can provide high-quality intelligence, which can inform many aspects of business management.

PDFRIBA Business Benchmarking 2012/13 sample practice report

File size: 116kB


Practice size
(staff numbers)           Price

             1                                £220
             1-5                           £290
             6-10                        £380
             11-50                      £540
             50+                          £790

The RIBA Business Benchmarking Survey is a free benefit to all RIBA Chartered Practices. For non-RIBA Chartered Practices, the current fees are:

A vital part of Chartered Practice criteria

The RIBA believes that the RIBA Business Benchmarking Survey is incredibly important and has now completed a phased introduction of obligatory business benchmarking as an RIBA Chartered Practice accreditation criterion.

In 2011 practices of two or more staff were required to make an annual businessbenchmarking return. By 2012 completion of the survey became obligatory for ALL practices, including sole practitioners.  

Become an RIBA Chartered Practice and take part

To become an RIBA Chartered Practice and take part in the survey please telephone
+44 (0)20 7307 3800 or email


For further information on the RIBA Business Benchmarking Survey, or to register your interest in participating, please contact us by email at or telephone on +44 (0)20 7307 3649.