Equality & Diversity

UK Music Diversity Report 2022

The findings of UK Music's Diversity Report 2022.

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UK Music has revealed the findings of its 2022 Workforce Diversity Survey in its UK Music Diversity Report 2020.

The key findings of the UK Music Workforce Diversity Survey 2022 include:

Gender

  • There has been an increase in the total number of women employees compared to the 2020 survey. 52.9% of individuals working in the music industry in 2022 identified as a woman, which has risen from 49.6% in 2020.
  • Figures show the percentage of women in mid and senior level roles within the industry is increasing. The number in mid-level roles rises from 40.4% in 2020 to 45.1% in 2022, and those in senior roles increases from 51.2% in 2020 to 53.3% in 2022.
  • It is still the case that more young women are accessing the industry at an early stage but start to leave the industry in their mid-forties. Women are well represented in the 35-44 age category (53.0%) but the 45-54 age bracket (44.3%) is the point at which female representation starts to drop, with the numbers reducing further for those aged 55-64 (33.3%).

Ethnicity

  • There has been a decrease in the total number of employees from ethnically diverse communities compared to the 2020 survey results. Just over one fifth (21.04%) of individuals working in music identify as Black, Asian or from an ethnically diverse background. This is down from 22.3% two years ago.
  • The number of Black, Asian and ethnically diverse respondents aged 25-34 rose from 24.8% in 2020 to 26.3% in 2022, indicating that efforts to improve career progression may be starting to have an effect.
  • In entry-level positions, the number of Black, Asian and diverse ethnicity employees fell from 34.6% in 2020 to 23.6% in 2022. At a senior level there was a drop from 19.9% in 2020 to 18.3% in 2022.

Disability 

  • 14.9% of the industry reported a disability, up from 12.2% in 2020; this could indicate that more individuals with a condition are working within the industry or that a greater number of individuals are comfortable disclosing their condition.
  • Two-thirds (67.2%) of those who have a disability said they felt they had to compromise their health for work.
  • 5% of those working at senior level declared a visible disability, with the greatest representation of disabled respondents at apprentice or intern level (13.6%).

Menopause

For the first time, UK Music has used the survey to collect data relating to women or menstruating persons experiencing the menopause and the impact this could be having on their career.

More than one in ten (11.2%) respondents said they have experienced menopause/perimenopause.

Almost half (47.5%) have had their work affected by its symptoms, yet three quarters of these individuals (76.6%) have not taken time off work to manage their symptoms.

Parents and Carers

The survey revealed that parents and carers are underrepresented in the music industry (29.7% compared to 44% of UK working population).

Of the 68% respondents with no care responsibilities, the majority are female, pointing to a loss of female talent when they become mothers or carers.

Action Plan

The report also includes data on music industry representation of LGBTQ+ employees and employee socio-economic backgrounds, among other subjects.

The survey is overseen by UK Music’s Diversity Taskforce, which has worked since its establishment in 2015 to help improve equity, diversity and inclusion across the music industry workforce for everyone. 

A total of 2,980 people responded to the survey, which focuses on the music industry workforce, as opposed to creators. The survey was carried out in Summer 2022.

In addition to publishing the 2022 survey results, the UK Music Diversity report also sets out a new music industry action plan to accelerate positive change by boosting diversity and inclusion in music businesses.

Called “The Five Ps”, the action plan maps out five key areas that UK Music hopes the music industry can use as a framework to deliver enduring results.

The plan focuses on people, policy, partnerships, purchase and progress and outlines suggested policies drawn both from UK Music’s survey findings and the lived experiences of those from diverse communities via a series of round-table events.

The 15 recommendations in the plan include: cultivating a transparent, safe and consciously inclusive culture for all staff; increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups; working towards a five-year EDI strategy and vision; incorporating EDI into every part of an organisation or businesses structures; publishing data on gender, ethnicity and disability pay gaps annually in larger employers; and ensuring there is a strong EDI mindset at the heart of all tendering and procurement processes.

The recommendations build on the foundations laid out in 2020 in UK Music’s Ten-Point Plan for the sector, which outlined how UK Music members and the wider industry could take significant steps towards improving diversity in the music industry.

UK Music and its Diversity Taskforce hope the new action plan will extend that work right across the music industry and beyond by providing an essential toolkit.

Images from the report launch can be seen here.