The future of the profession depends on the ability to create an inclusive, empowered profession to attract the best people whatever their gender, sexual orientation or race. RICS is committed to raising awareness and promoting diversity and equality for the profession where every individual has an opportunity to thrive and fulfil their potential.

Increased gender diversity

There has been an increasing push to create a more gender-balanced profession.

In 2017, only 13% of the RICS membership were women. This year, the number of members and candidates identifying as women is 18% and the number of women newly enrolling stands at 26%, with the number of APC candidates at 27%. While we may have a long way to go, this is showing a promising upward trend, highlighting the importance of visible role models as a route to advancing this further.

RICS has continued to promote and encourage a mix of men and women as senior leaders within governance and executive positions within RICS – including women appointed as Presidents, governance board leaders and lead executives – and continue to strive for much greater gender diversity and balance. Our profession can only credibly work to the public advantage if we reflect the needs and experiences of the diverse societies we serve.

Hear from the next generation of women professionals as they talk about the trials and triumphs, challenges and successes in their pursuit of a more equal world. 

See next generation leader’s video International Women's Day 2021.

As part of the application process, applicants are able to evidence how they have demonstrated the diversity and inclusion characteristic in their career. This could be based on a variety of different areas of work or achievements, from setting up initiatives to promote equality in their workplace, mentoring colleagues from a minority background or ensuring a fair application Diversity and inclusion is crucial for the success of natural and built environment industries and indeed for the future of our profession.