The dangers of a no-deal Brexit

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01 Nov 2018

What would a no-deal Brexit mean for employment in the arts? Damon Culbert foresees widespread disruption and labour shortages unless immigration policies change.

Tackling the power imbalance

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01 Nov 2018

Independent artists and producers are vulnerable to exploitation in a two-tier system characterised by precarious employment among the majority of cultural workers says Martin Cox, who challenges the status quo.

My Gurus - Joanne McShane

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24 Oct 2018

Joanne McShane reflects on the people who have guided her professional career, both as a dancer and as a choreographer.

Parents and carers in the arts face £3,000-a-year ‘career penalty’

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19 Oct 2018

A new survey finds that 43% of women with caring responsibilities would increase their working hours if “adequate” childcare was available.

Momentum builds for action on pay

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21 Sep 2018

Wales takes a lead as arts professionals across all the countries of the UK are urged to take part in research that will shed light on low pay and earnings in the cultural sector.

Apprenticeship barriers under scrutiny

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10 Aug 2018

New research is responding to employer demands for the apprenticeship system to be made more attractive to the creative industries.

Volunteering less popular than five years ago

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03 Aug 2018

The rate of volunteering at clubs and organisations has not recovered to the levels last seen in 2013/14, and the percentage of people giving to charity has also fallen over the same period.

Charities to publish salary information

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03 Aug 2018

From this year, English and Welsh charities will have to provide the Charity Commission with a breakdown of staff remuneration by income band, as well as the total income and benefits of their highest paid employee.

Breaking the cycle

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10 May 2018

To improve the diversity of the workforce, arts organisations need to employ more young people from low-income backgrounds. Kate Danielson shares tips for adjusting recruitment practices to do just that.

Developing home-grown talent

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10 May 2018

With over 80% of staff under 30, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s workforce is relatively young. Craig Morrow reveals how providing training and clear progression routes have been key to its success.

Breaking into the museum sector

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10 May 2018

To work in a museum you need the right academic qualifications and the resources to volunteer, but new initiatives in Scotland are starting to open up the sector to young people from more diverse backgrounds, says Catherine Cartmell.

A step in the right direction

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10 May 2018

Creative organisations in East London have joined forces to offer local young people the chance to develop employment skills in paid internships. Julia Hayes tells the story.

A continuous talent stream

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03 May 2018

At the very heart of Jasmin Vardimon Company is a dedication to education and nurturing talent. Lauren Baldock explains who benefits and how.

A happy workforce

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19 Apr 2018

With the Mayflower Theatre recently listed by the Sunday Times as one of the best organisations to work for, Robin Hancox explains the recent workforce initiatives that helped secure the listing.

Working class people ‘significantly excluded’ from arts careers

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17 Apr 2018

Craft is the only artform to come close to accurately representing working class communities across the UK, new research finds.

Arts organisations among best employers for women

06 Apr 2018

The gender pay gap is smaller in the arts than other sectors, although some organisations are still trailing behind including ‘Times Top 50 Employer for Women’ the Southbank Centre.

New guidance to support dignity at work in arts organisations

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06 Apr 2018

A free support line for performing arts workers concerned about workplace harassment or bullying will be set up for a year, funded by UK Theatre, SOLT and the Theatre Development Trust.

Government must tackle arts fundraising challenges, AMs say

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29 Mar 2018

Welsh Assembly members have concluded that a fundraising skills deficit is holding back attempts to reduce arts organisations’ reliance on public funding. 

Arts organisations reveal their gender pay gaps

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16 Mar 2018

The first organisations to meet the government’s new reporting requirements include Arts Council England, the National Gallery and Sadler’s Wells.

When passion becomes pernicious

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08 Mar 2018

Passion drives the arts, but it also leaves the sector vulnerable to inappropriate behaviour. Ruth Rentschler proposes a framework for moral and ethical behaviour on arts boards.

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