A Question of Equity - April 1990

Submitted by root on Mon, 08/07/2017 - 17:44

 Women in the Arts

1. EMPLOYMENT: a) Black Workers cont.

From Table 1, and the above analysis, it can be seen that black women in terms of full and part-time work do slightly better than black men, but this is meaningless in the context of the overall failure of subsidised arts organisations to employ black workers.

b) Disabled Workers

The situation with regard to people with disabilities, as can be seen from Table 2 is equally deplorable.

Employment of peopple with disabilities


From Table 1 and Table 2 it can be seen that disabled workers make up 1.4% of all full-time staff (and this statistic includes the 2 full-time workers employed to promote the arts in the area of disability), and less than 1% of all part-time workers and of all free-lance workers. Full-time disabled women employees make up 1.9% of all full-time women employees, whereas full-time disabled men make up less than 1% of all male employees. Similarly, with free-lance workers, disabled women make up 1.9% of all women free-lance workers and disabled men less than 1% of male free-lance workers. However the numbers involved are so small that I do not think it appropriate to draw any significant conclusions about these differences.

In all situations the employment of disabled people is well below 3% - the quota required by law of all organisation with more than 20 employees - a figure which in itself has always seemed a minimum to be aimed at rather than a maximum to be satisfied with.