UK music industry body UK Music has published its latest Workforce Diversity Survey data, and as ever it’s an important guide both to the progress made so far, and areas for improvement.
On the former front, the percentage of women in the industry has reached a new record of 52.9%, including rises for those working at mid (45.1%) and senior (53.3%) levels. However, the 2022 study revealed a talent drain issue, with women in their mid-forties leaving the industry in significant numbers.
There is also more work to do when it comes to ethnic diversity within the British industry. UK Music’s report actually found a decrease in the percentage of industry employees who are Black, Asian or from ethnically diverse backgrounds – from 22.3% in 2020 to 21% now. This includes a drop in entry-level positions from 34.6% to 23.6%. UK Music suggested that this may be because people from Black, Asian and other diverse communities may have been hit hardest by the impact of Covid-19 on the workforce.
The full report is here, and also includes data on disability, menopause and parents/carers.
UK Music has also published a new ‘Five Ps’ action plan setting out the next stage in its diversity strategy.