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4.2.10 Gender equality and cultural policies

A report in 2010 by Skillset indicated that women remain under-represented and underpaid in the creative and cultural industries. It suggests there is a 20% pay differential between men and women employed in film, TV and radio, publishing, exhibitions, animation and computer games. The gap persists despite higher levels of academic attainment amongst female employees in those industries - 93% hold a degree compared with 78% of the male workforce. While there was an increase in overall representation of women in the sector, from 38% in 2006 to 42% in 2009, percentages actually decreased in a number of disciplines. The Skillset data confirms findings in the 2008 Cultural Leadership Programme report on Women in leadership in the creative and cultural sector.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is concerned to ensure that all groups in society are represented on the boards of its Non Departmental Public Bodies; the Department wants to draw on the richest possible pool of talent, and considers boards function best if their members bring a variety of different perspectives, and are in touch with wider society. The DCMS tries, therefore, to attract people with different backgrounds and experience, i.e. women, members of ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, younger people, people from outside London, and people with experience of different types of organisations and industries.

In 2008-09, of the total 125 regulated Ministerial appointments made by DCMS, 39% were women, 10% were people from minority ethnic backgrounds and 4% had a declared disability. DCMS is working towards new cross-government targets to increase the diversity of board appointments.

In its Equality Strategy, the Scottish Government sets out its commitment to promoting greater equality of opportunity for all. A key principle underpinning the development of the strategy is ensuring that equality issues are at the heart of policy making.


Chapter published: 15-04-2011


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