11 February 2021

Diversity survey of the publishing workforce 2020

The 2020 survey is the most comprehensive ever undertaken of the UK publishing workforce, with a total of 14,122 employees from 71 businesses taking part. Key findings include: Over half of executive leadership and senior management roles are held by women (52% and 55% respectively). This compares to 49% and 41% in 2017. Females accounted for 64% of respondents.  Representation of people from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic groups has remained around 13% since 2017. 3% of respondents identified as…

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24 January 2020

Diversity survey of the publishing workforce 2019

The 2019 survey, the third of its kind, is based on data from over 57 publishing companies of varying sizes across academic, education and consumer publishing. Data from a total of 12,702 employees was collected, an increase in survey size of 97.5% from 2018. The first survey results in 2017 were used as the basis…

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11 January 2019

Diversity survey of the publishing workforce 2018

The survey is the second of its kind, with the first in 2017 being used as the basis for the Publishers Association’s 10-point Inclusivity Action Plan and two related five-year targets – which aim for at least 50% of leadership positions and executive-level roles to be occupied by women and 15% of publishing employees to…

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10 January 2019

Diversity of UK publishing workforce detailed in extensive survey

The number of women in senior leadership roles, representation of LGBT+ staff and representation of disabled staff are all high within publishing, finds the most comprehensive survey ever conducted of the UK publishing workforce. However, despite positive results in many areas significant progress still needs to be made around the numbers of BAME staff employed…

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15 September 2017

Diversity survey of the publishing workforce 2017

In 2017, we launched an industry-wide 10-point action plan to tackle inclusivity and ensure that publishing better reflects the UK population. As part of this plan, we committed to undertake an annual industry-wide survey of the workforce demographics of UK publishing houses, in order to obtain a true reflection of the diversity within the industry. Our initial…

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15 September 2017

Publishers Association launches 10 point inclusivity action plan

The Publishers Association has today announced a new 10 point industry-wide action plan to tackle inclusivity within the industry’s workforce to ensure publishers better reflect the UK population. This plan includes a new commitment to undertake an industry wide survey of the workforce of UK publishing houses, which will be published on an annual basis.…

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