Arts organisations among best employers for women

The gender pay gap is smaller in the arts than other sectors, although some organisations are still trailing behind including ‘Times Top 50 Employer for Women’ the Southbank Centre.

Arts and cultural employers are among those leading the charge in fixing the gender pay gap, new data has revealed.

A quarter of the 40 major arts and culture organisations that had to report their gender pay gap details to Government this week paid their female staff a higher average hourly rate than their male employees last year.

Overall the major arts employers still pay men more than women – there is a median hourly pay gap of 4.4%, but this is lower than the average of 12% across all 10,000 reporting employers.

Women are also slightly underrepresented in the top positions across the 40 cultural employers: they make up 56% of the workforce but just 51% of the highest-paying roles. However, across all reporting organisations women hold just 39% of these top jobs.

Picture: Alketa Xhafa Mripa with her 'Refugees Welcome' project in front of Tate modern.

Photo: Counterpoints Arts via Women in the Arts photo pool (CC BY-SA 2.0)