Want to be poor? Be a woman and work in the arts

Want to be poor? Be a woman and work in the arts


norman lebrecht

November 01, 2015

A survey of UK arts salaries shows average pay hovering just under £30,000 and women earning at least ten percent less across the board than men.

And that’s despite women being in charge at the South Bank, ENO and other key institutions. The pay gap is apparently growing. How do boards justify that?

Full story here.

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  • Holger H. says:

    This blog is nurturing dyslexia in statistics.
    Statistics for Dummies Rule #1:
    Correlation is not causation.

    • John says:

      Once again, Lebrecht really needs to enlarge his pictures: the graph is virtually unreadable.

      As the above poster suggests, Lebrecht is deluded with his “statistics”. Men are being paid more because they are in more senior positions. And they are in more senior positions because they deserve them.

      • Jevgeniy says:

        Unfortunately, there is probably a simple setting in his website management system that adjusts the standard resizing of images. In order to fix it, he’d have to go in there and change the setting. How could we expect someone like him to manage that kind of complicated stuff?

      • William Safford says:

        Sexist or troll, or both?

  • Malcolm james says:

    Do these stats conflate part-time and full-time salary figures? If so, it may be because more women are working part-time.

    • Holger H. says:

      That’s not a legitimate question, stay where you are, don’t move, you will be gender mainstreamed.

      • Malcolm James says:

        Depends if you are working part-time through choice. But then you and Norman know more about women’s real interests than they do themselves, the poor saps.

  • Denzil says:

    I’d argue ‘hovering just under £30k’ isn’t exactly ‘poor’… even in London!

  • william osborne says:

    Statistical studies show that women are concentrated in lower paying orchestras throughout the international community.