In a huge wake-up call for the creative sector, the (NESTA) Creative Industries Policy and Research Centre have published a damning report on class-based exclusion.
The UK’s #CreativeIndustries would need to employ 250,000 more working-class people to be as socio economically diverse as the rest of the economy. This deficit is equivalent to size of creative workforce in Scotland, Wales & NI combined.
— Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre (PEC) (@CreativePEC) September 9, 2021
For a quick summary, click on this tweet and read the thread, but you can read the whole thing here.
For some years, the union has taken the view that a key barrier here is low-pay at the entry level. Freelancers in film & TV often need to live in London and have access to a car. There was a very useful article about this in The Guardian a few years ago.
As a consequence, we have put some (but not yet enough) working into fleshing out the idea of a Freelance Living Wage, so I will try to post more about this in due course.