Membership survey

Project / 07 February 2023

Our biennial membership survey tracks progress on D&I to inform our future campaigns and policies

Real Estate Balance’s membership survey is the most comprehensive study of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) in the property industry. Every two years, we commission a sector-wide survey of our members on company and individual levels to examine the drivers and barriers to progress. The results help us uncover the realities facing underrepresented people working in real estate so we can take action to accelerate change.

Since our first survey in 2016, the findings have revealed important signs of progress – yet there are still gaps between the promises on equality and lived experiences on the ground.

Gathering up-to-date data helps us build an accurate picture of where change is needed. The survey results can also be used as a benchmarking tool for organisations to measure their own progress. Ultimately, the findings enable us to develop practical solutions that address industry imbalances, helping to create a more dynamic, representative and robust real estate sector for everyone.

Key findings from our most recent survey, undertaken in September 2022 and published in February 2023, included:

  • The gender gap between middle management and senior leadership has not only persisted but worsened since the first REB survey in 2016.
  • Companies report improvement in embedding the Real Estate Balance CEO Commitments on Diversity, with the greatest improvement in diversity data gathering, tracking and reporting.
  • Both companies and employees agree that social mobility, gender and ethnicity are the biggest DEI challenges facing the real estate industry.
  • Hybrid working has been positive for employee work-life balance, mental health and productivity, but makes accessing development opportunities and connecting with colleagues more challenging. Overall, men see hybrid working more negatively than women.

Please click here to download the 2022 industry survey results in full or click on the links below to read more about the previous editions of the survey.