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 2017 RIBA Business Benchmarking Survey will open on Friday 28 April, closing on Monday 31 July.

Current chartered practices can access the survey at

See the video below showing how to get the best out of the new interactive RIBA Benchmark Tool.

For some handy hints on completing the survey. See our Guidance note: 

RIBA Business Benchmarking Survey Guidance Note (2016)

What’s new?
- Improved survey navigation and guidance notes
- Improved/reconfigured RIBA Business Benchmarking Tool
- Direct and ongoing access to survey data
- Increased functionality to produce bespoke comparisons and reports

What are the benefits?
- Speed and ease of completion for the survey
- Data that’s directly relevant to you and your practice
- Access to year on year data and trends
- No need to search through lengthy reports to find the information you need

The Executive Summary for the 2016 Benchmarking survey is available here.

RIBA Benchmarking 2016 Executive Summary

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

The information provided to practices by the survey provides high-quality business intelligence, which can inform many aspects of practice management.

Participation in the RIBA Business Benchmarking Survey, the information for which is collected and analysed in complete confidence by our project partners at The Fees Bureau and MRM Solutions, is part of the RIBA Chartered Practice criteria, and benefits, for all practices.

If you are not yet an 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.


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