The Creative Society is an arts employment charity that helps young people into jobs in the creative and cultural industries.
A census of creative employers by Creative Skillset has found that whilst 4,000 new jobs have been created in the sector since 2009, the representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups (BAME) has decreased, with 2000 BAME people leaving the industry since 2009. More positive was the finding that representation of women rose to 36% from 27% in 2009, an increase of 16,000.
However, the results show there is still some distance to go in establishing a more diverse creative workforce and eradicating the prevailing ‘who you know, not what you know’ culture of recruitment.
The Creative Society’s Fair Access campaign has been working with creative employers over the last year to promote best practice and encourage creative employers to widen the talent pool they recruit from. Our Fair Access Principle was informed by excellent guidance developed by the sector skills councils, Creative Skillset (who recently launched new guidelines) and Creative and Cultural Skills, who published their guidance with the Arts Council in 2011.
So far our principle, which as explained in a previous blog, asks creative employers to publicly pledge to a minimum standard of recruitment, has received over 50 signatories. By working with employers and the sector skills councils over the next 12 months we hope we can significantly increase that number and begin to make the creative industries a more diverse sector based on talent, not background.