Croatia/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.9 Employment policies for the cultural sector

Statistics regarding employment in the cultural sector are based on a narrow definition of cultural activities which do not include cultural workers employed in non-cultural sectors. Within independent artistic professions, statistics recognise only artists in the traditional sense (i.e. actors, musicians, painters, etc.) but not other professions (such as designers or others employed mostly in small businesses). The data from the Central Bureau of Statistics for 2013 accounts for 20 902 persons employed in Arts, Entertainment and Recreation activities, while in December 2014 this number amounted to 20 465, and it further dropped to 19 310 in December 2015 (DZS, 2013, 2014, 2015).

There is no specific policy or campaign in this field, only some general and indirect measures through taxation and social policies (see chapter 5.1.4 and chapter 5.1.5).

The salary levels of employees working in public cultural institutions can be compared with others employed in the public sector. The statistics do not show the differences in remuneration between single self-employed persons and large cultural institutions like the national and university library or the national theatre. The data available only shows the average wages and salaries and are not broken down according to the earnings of subgroups.

Chapter published: 04-05-2017