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RTPI Membership Survey

At the end of 2013 we conducted a survey of RTPI members. For the first time, the survey provides the Institute with key data on its members (including overseas members), including their salary/income, role, type of employer, location, and their expertise/specialisation.

We have published a summary report of the findings. The March 2014 issue of The Planner magazine also includes an article on the key findings and how the RTPI is responding to the results. We are also briefing RTPI Committees on the results from the survey.

During a four week period, 5,718 members completed the survey – a response rate of 25.3%.

Key findings

Based on responses to the survey:

  • Just over three-quarters of members are in England (77%), 10% in Scotland, 5% in Wales, 2% in Northern Ireland and 1% in Ireland.
  • 5% of members live/work outside the UK or Ireland. The highest number are in Hong Kong (which accounts for 18% of the RTPI's membership outside the UK or Ireland), followed by Australia.
  • The RTPI has a long-standing membership with significant experience. Just over half have been members for 16 years or more (51%). The largest single proportion have more than 30 years' experience in planning (27%), followed by 18% who had between 6 and 10 years' experience.
  • In terms of type of membership classes the majority are Chartered (73%).
  • The majority of members are in full-time employment (65%), with a further 11% working part-time and 10% self-employed/freelance.
  • In terms of employers, half of members work in local government. More than a fifth (22%) of members work for consultancies.
  • Members have a wide range of salaries/incomes, with the most common being £30-35k (16%).
  • Chartered members are more likely to earn £35-55k plus compared to the rest of the RTPI's membership. More than half (54%) of Chartered members earning £45-55k say it has affected their salary.
  • The majority of members indicate their employer regards their membership either as essential (33%) or desirable (39%). Nearly half of members (45%) say they are part of the Institute because their employer or clients require it, followed by 38% who say that they are members because it provides them with essential skills and knowledge.
  • More than three-quarters of members say they are proud of working in planning (77%) (7% of members said they weren't, 12% 'don't know', and 4% said this was not applicable to them). The proportion of members who are proud of working in planning is higher in central government, national agencies and international consultancies (83-85%). It is also higher among those who live/work outside the UK and Ireland (84%).

More key findings from the survey can be found in the summary report.

Background

As part of its work to represent and promote the planning profession, the RTPI has decided to establish a new programme of research into the profession.

The research programme has the following objectives:

  • Generate intelligence on current RTPI membership and their views of RTPI services;
  • Identify under-represented sections of membership;
  • Inform further research to support service improvement/development;
  • Generate intelligence on the wider planning profession;
  • Support the RTPI's work in representing members and the profession more generally.

Background

As part of its work to represent and promote the planning profession, the RTPI has decided to establish a new programme of research into the profession.

The research programme has the following objectives:

  • Generate intelligence on current RTPI membership and their views of RTPI services;
  • Identify under-represented sections of membership;
  • Inform further research to support service improvement/development;
  • Generate intelligence on the wider planning profession;
  • Support the RTPI's work in representing members and the profession more generally.

The first stage of this programme of work has been the RTPI Membership Survey, as above.

Further information

For further information, please contact: research@rtpi.org.uk