Challenging a monolithic culture

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21 Jul 2016

The arts sector talks a lot about diversity, but what can actually be done to achieve it? Monica Montgomery suggests ten ways to take action.

Training for senior fundraisers

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19 May 2016

How best can we serve the professional development needs of senior fundraisers? Amanda Rigali asked some development specialists what training they would like to receive.

Developing a workforce

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05 May 2016

A third of frontline staff in Brighton’s museums have now taken part in a placement programme that is boosting their skills. Helen Graham explains how it works. 

Recruiting millennials

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31 Mar 2016

Tech and data-savvy millennials are ideal employees for arts organisations, but how can we make the sector attractive enough to recruit them, asks Libby Penn.

The gig economy explored

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17 Mar 2016

How do we best manage an economy in which many people don’t have a salaried job? Michelle Wright discusses the move away from 9 to 5 employment in the arts.

External commitments

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15 Feb 2016

When employees work freelance or have second jobs, issues can arise. Eleanor Deem explains how to avoid the pitfalls and reap the rewards.

Where are the career paths?

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18 Nov 2015

The creative sector is growing, so where are the jobs? Pauline Tambling squares up to the challenges facing young people and arts organisations. 

Pensions time-bomb to hit small arts organisations

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30 Oct 2015

Many arts organisations will face increased payroll costs of up to 3% as pensions legislation starts to affect smaller employers.

First impressions

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29 Oct 2015

Might you be guilty of unconscious bias when recruiting? Eleanor Deem discusses what it is and how to avoid it.

Arts salary survey reveals stark gender pay gap

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22 Oct 2015

Full-time working women earn less than men doing the same level of work at all stages in their careers, with the gap at senior levels having grown since 2006.

A perfect placement

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15 Oct 2015

Unable to take on unpaid work, Salome Wagaine thought she might be excluded from a career in the arts. Then she found out about the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries scheme.

Developing vital skills

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15 Oct 2015

Tracey Gregory reports on the lifeline provided by Catalyst funding for six small arts organisations in Milton Keynes.

Work experience that works

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24 Sep 2015

Disappointed by a low take-up in its traineeship scheme, Curious Minds decided to shake things up and think about what disadvantaged young people really need and want, writes Derri Burdon.

Graduates need not apply

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22 Sep 2015

Recent arts graduate Gemma Whitham assesses the prospects for those, like her, seeking employment in the arts. 

A working life that works

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09 Jul 2015

A production company run by two women with seven children between them is rewriting the rules that separate work and family life, explains Sarah Bird.

Structured salary systems

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20 May 2015

Do all arts organisations need a formal salary structure? Eleanor Deem discusses why they can be useful.

A future of dependent living

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19 Feb 2015

The closure of the Independent Living Fund and cuts to the Access to Work scheme will lead to a massive reduction in the number of disabled people participating and working in the mainstream arts world, warns Helen Bayliss.

Mental health in the workplace

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02 Feb 2015

As mental illness contributes significantly to the number of lost working days, Eleanor Deem advises employers to take a proactive approach when dealing with mental health issues.

Maternity matters

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01 Dec 2014

Some small arts organisations do not deal with maternity leave as professionally and competently as they should, says Sally Lai.

Young people, good practice and the law

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24 Nov 2014

Eleanor Deem gives some guidance on managing young people in both volunteer and paid roles.

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