Getting in and getting on: Class, participation and job quality in the UK's Creative Industries

The Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) has published a report that provides an up-to-date picture of workforce demographics in the creative industries. In particular, the report Getting in and getting on: Class, participation and job quality in the UK's Creative Industries considers class and social mobility. The research findings show widespread and persistent class imbalances. 

The report's findings show:

1. There are widespread and persistent class imbalances in the Creative Industries

2. Those from privileged backgrounds dominate key creative roles in the sector, shaping what goes on stage, page and screen

3. 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

4. Class interacts with other factors – such as gender, ethnicity, disability and skill levels – to create ‘double disadvantage’

5. 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.

 

Read the summary with five key facts about class in the creative industries, and the full report here.