The organisation behind a major survey of people working in the creative media industries is calling for fairer access to the radio industry, with claims more than half our industry didn’t get their job through a traditional recruitment method.
A report by Creative Skillset also finds that 46% of people working in radio have done unpaid work at some point in their career, and that freelancers find access to training harder than those who are employed in the industry. Less than half (45%) of respondents said they had received any training in the last 12 months.
On pay, the survey reveals that workers in our industry earn an average of £32,350 (a rise of 13% from 2010). Permanent staff earn on average £13,500 more than freelance workers, while women working in radio earn on average nearly £4,000 less than men.
5,000 people took part in the survey during 2014 across TV, animation, games, VFX, radio, film production and cinema exhibition.
Other findings include that 17% of the radio workforce is freelance. This varies greatly, from 12% in broadcast radio to 67% in independent production.
On diversity, the report concludes that 58% of workers in the radio industry are over 35, 5% consider themselves to have a disability and 7% identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual.
54% of respondents from radio said they found their current job through informal recruitment methods, while just 1% came through an apprenticeship route.
Creative Skillset Chief Executive Dinah Caine CBE says: “The evidence from the survey is clear. If our industries are to prosper, grow and reflect the markets they work in they need to up their game, open up paid entry routes and ensure that that freelancers in particular are able to access affordable training and development.”
Below are the key findings of the report, and here’s a link to the full PDF copy:
Click to download: Creative Skillset Radio Workforce Survey 2014
Entering the industry
• 66% of the radio workforce are educated to degree level, showing no change from 2010. This is lower than for the wider creative media industries workforce (78%) but more than double the proportion in the UK (32%).
• A higher proportion of graduates in the radio workforce hold a non-media-related degree (56%) than a media-related degree (40%).
• There has been a fall in the proportion of the radio workforce who undertook work experience prior to their first creative media job (48%, compared with 52% in 2010). The majority (89%) had not been paid for this work experience.
• There has also been a fall in the proportion of the radio workforce undertaking unpaid work whilst working in the creative media industries (46%, compared with 54% in 2010). Freelancers (67%) are particularly likely to have undertaken unpaid work.
• 17% of the radio workforce is freelance. This varies greatly, from 12% in broadcast radio to 67% in independent production.
• 84% of the radio workforce has a contract, with permanent staff (93%) much more likely to have a contract than freelancers (40%).
• The average income of the radio workforce is £32,350 (a rise of 13% from 2010). Permanent staff earn on average £13,500 more than freelance workers, while women earn on average nearly £4,000 less than men.
• 45% of the radio workforce received training in the past 12 months, compared with 51% across all creative media industries.
• The average number of days’ training received in the past 12 months fell from 14 in 2010 to 6 in 2014. Freelancers (11 days) received more days on average than permanent staff (6 days).
• The most common subjects of training were craft or technical skills (39%), business skills (23%) and leadership and management (20%).
• 63% of the radio workforce undertook their training in a formal classroom setting and 48% received on-the-job training (compared to 37% in the wider creative media workforce).
• 55% of the radio workforce experienced a barrier to training in the past year, lower than for the wider creative media workforce (61%). High fees (24%) was the most common barrier.
• 44% of the radio workforce have a skills need, a fall of 7 percentage points from 2010. Freelancers (48%) are more likely than permanent staff (44%) to have a skills need.
• The most common areas of skills need are in craft or technical skills (48%), software packages (34%) and leadership and management skills (23%).
• 58% of the radio workforce are aged 35+. Unlike in other areas of the creative media industries, there is little difference between the age profile of men and women.
• 5% of the radio workforce consider themselves to have a disability, falling from 7% in 2010 (but low compared with the estimated 11% of all UK employees).
• 7% of the radio workforce identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB).
• 32% of the radio workforce have at least one parent or guardian educated to degree level while 13% attended an independent or fee-paying school in the UK.