A Question of Equity - April 1990

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Women in the Arts

1. EMPLOYMENT:   c) Woman as  Earners cont.

Table 3: All Professional Arts Workers.  (Full-time and part-time not free-lance)

 Table of earnings

 Although, from Table 1, women represent some 51% of the work force they do not earn 51 % of the money. As can be clearly seen from the Table above, the higher the salary band the less women are present; so that 27% of women earn over £10,000 compared to 44% of men and, within the upper salary bands, only 5% of women earn over £15,000 compared to 20% of men.

Black workers and disabled workers were not specifically discriminated against when it came to earnings. That is to say that black and disabled workers earned as much as their white or able-bodied counterparts in similar organisations. And therefore black women and disabled women did as well or as badly as their white or able-bodied counterparts. However the discrimination which exists in terms of employing black and disabled workers is reflected in the lack of black and disabled workers among the higher salary bands. There were no disabled workers earning more than £15,000 and the black workers earning over £15,000 were all within the educational sector.

These findings as to earnings not only reflect national findings on the lower earnings of women, but are also a reflection of the fact that women, within the arts as within other areas, have less power in terms of the resources they command. That is to say they either work in the smaller organisations with smaller turnovers (hence they get lower wages) or they work in the more junior positions within large organisations (and hence they get lower wages).


Having an Equal Opportunities Policy is no guarantee that an organisation practises equal opportunities. The real question is - has an organisation taken steps to ensure that their equal opportunities policy can be and is being put into practice?