Paper highlights extent of class imbalance within creative industries

The Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) has published a paper that provides an up-to-date picture of workforce demographics in the creative industries. The report, Getting in and getting on: Class, participation and job quality in the UK's Creative Industries, identifies and develops upon five key facts:

  • There are widespread and persistent class imbalances in the creative industries.
  • Those from privileged backgrounds dominate key creative roles in the sector, shaping what goes on stage, page and screen.
  • Those from working-class backgrounds experience less autonomy and control over their work, are less likely to have supervisory responsibility and to progress into managerial positions.
  • Class interacts with other factors – such as gender, ethnicity, disability and skill levels – to create ‘double disadvantage’.
  • Despite growing awareness of the issue and action by business, Government and industry stakeholders to promote greater inclusion, the likelihood of someone from a working-class background finding work in a creative occupation has remained largely unchanged.

The paper represents the first phase of PEC’s Policy Review Series on Class in the Creative Industries. PEC hopes to encourage collaborative action – led by industry, trade bodies, wider stakeholders and Government – to test and trial new policy, programmes and practices that promote inclusion in the creative industries as they rebuild following the impact of Covid-19.

Read the report in full.