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Market and Social Research Industry Survey 2015

April 4th, 2016
AMSRO and AMSRS have jointly conducted industry surveys over the past few years providing information on the size and nature of the market and social research industry in Australia. 

Our last industry survey (conducted 2014 and based on the 2013 calendar year) received a response rate of 20% and found (in summary): Turnover in Australia was estimated at $721 million (up from $707m in 2012); the strongest client sector was manufacturing (representing 32% of revenue dollars); Quantitative methods accounted for the majority of turnover at 79%; The majority of research design/type continued to be conducted with consumers and represented 65% of revenue dollars; Companies surveyed employed an estimated 2,673 people with 25% full-time, 75% part-time. Questions relating to flexible workplace conditions were included for the first time and found that employers overwhelmingly favoured flexibility with an impressive 89% of participants saying their company offered flexible working arrangements. The report also found that 31% of companies pay parental leave and among those who offer such leave, most provide it on full pay (59%).

This year we encourage all members to participate in the survey. With your support we can look forward to publishing a report that better serves the industry with greater insights, more robust findings and a stronger story to tell. All of which benefits the industry as a whole and your organisations. The results will be used by the Research Council of Australia (RICA) in its consultation with government along with media and public relations communications. The data also feeds into ESOMAR’s annual global study.

Due to changes in the industry and our Associations considering a merger, we have for the first time included a section for your comments about the industry and what factors impact expected markets. The section is optional however please take time to provide feedback. Your thoughts and recommendations are critical to our planning on behalf of the industry and its members.

We therefore encourage you to complete this short survey (based on the 2015 calendar year) via the following online link:


Please ensure only one member of the organisation completes this survey.

All members will receive a copy of the consolidated report of findings for their own use. We envisage the report will be completed by June 30, 2016.

The survey itself is anonymous. Please be assured that all data will be handled in complete confidence.

Please complete the survey by Friday 29 April 2016

Thank you for your participation and support of this important initiative. Should you require further information please don’t hesitate to contact Elissa Molloy, CEO, AMSRS on (02) 9566 3100 or email elissa.molloy@amsrs.com.au

Kind regards,

Liz Moore
President, AMSRS

Lee Naylor
President, AMSRO


Nominations Open for RICA Market and Social Research Industry Awards

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The Research Industry Council of Australia (RICA) is pleased to advise that nominations are now open for the 2016 RICA Market and Social Research Industry Awards and market and social research organisations are encouraged to nominate their teams and projects.

“The RICA Market and Social Research Awards provide a platform which recognises projects that demonstrate excellence in our industry and showcase the professionalism of Australian research and it’s high standards.  When done properly, good market and social research has a significant and positive impact on business, social policy planning and Australia’s future… and that’s exactly what these industry awards celebrate”.

Liz Moore, Director – Research, Insights and Analytics, TELSTRA / President AMSRS

In 2016 the RICA Market and Social Research Industry Awards feature 3 categories:

  • Research Effectiveness Awards (with 4 sub categories: Communications Strategy Effectiveness, Consumer Insight Award, Public Policy/Social Research Award, Technology and Innovation Effectiveness Award);
  • Employer of the Year Award; and
  • Young Researcher Award.

“Each category will have a judging panel of experts including COO’s, marketing and research management, and advertising executives with experience in the sector evaluating the entries. Winning a RICA Market and Social Research Industry Award is not only an acknowledgement of professional success but demonstrates a long term commitment to better business outcomes”.

Lee Naylor, Managing Director, The Leading Edge / President, AMSRO

Nominations are open until Thursday, 12 May 2016.  Award winners will be announced and presented at the awards ceremony session held during the AMSRS National Conference 2016 in Melbourne on 8-9 September 2016.

For more information on the RICA Market and Social Research Industry Awards, including the nomination form, visit: http://researcheffectiveness.com.au/ .

About the Awards

The RICA Market and Social Research Industry Awards are an initiative of the Research Industry Council of Australia (RICA). This commitment by the peak industry body reflects their focus on promoting the value of market and social research.  Since launching in 2006 the Awards program has become increasingly popular among AMSRS and AMSRO members and other research professionals, leading to the introduction of the Young Researcher Award (YRA) in 2012 and the Employer of the Year Award (EYA) in 2014.

About Research Industry Council of Australia (RICA)

The Research Industry Council of Australia is the authoritative voice for the market and social research industry in Australia. It is a joint venture of the Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS) and the Association of Market and Social Research Organisations (AMSRO).

Further Information:

To discuss your participation in the Research Effectiveness Awards or the Young Researcher Award, please contact:
Elissa Molloy
Phone: (+61 2) 9566 3100
Email: elissa.molloy@amsrs.com.au

To discuss your participation in the Employer of the Year Awards, please contact:
Sarah Campbell
Executive Director AMSRO
Phone: (+61 2) 8017 6717
Email: sarah@amsro.com.au

Media contact:
Olena Sydorenko
AMSRS Marketing and Member Engagement Manager
Phone: 02 9566 3100
Email: olena.sydorenko@amsrs.com.au

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