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Proportion of BAME staff working in sector falls

Nicola Sullivan, 08.07.2015
DCMS figures show proportion of BAME employees has fallen by 11%
The number of people employed by museums, galleries and libraries has fallen and the sector has become less diverse, according to figures from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
 
The Creative Industries: Focus on Employment report, released last week, estimated that there had been a 7.2% drop in employment between 2011 and 2014. And the proportion of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) employees fell by 11% between 2011-14, compared to a 6% decrease in white employees over the same time period.
 
In his blog, Alistair Brown, the policy officer at the MA, says: "The progress made in terms of diversifying the workforce over the previous decade has not just stalled, but gone into reverse.

"What can be done? Resilience and advocacy are the buzzwords of the moment – and for good reason. Only a two-pronged approach which sees the sector become more entrepreneurial and better at harnessing public support will stop the rot."

Tallying with the trend being seen across the creative industry as a whole, the majority of people working in museums, galleries and libraries have a degree or equivalent qualification. The proportion of jobs done by people with a degree was 57% in 2014.

However, the amount of people from disadvantaged groups increased by 10.9% between 2011-14, while the proportion coming from more advantaged backgrounds fell by 12.5%.

It was also found that museums, galleries and libraries employ the largest proportion (65.1%) of women compared with other sectors in the creative industries.    



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