Publications and research

Our work is supported by a research programme which focuses on highlighting the contribution of the UK publishing industry.

We work with different organisations to deliver research reports on strategic areas of interest for the membership.

Recently, this has included working with economic consultancies, political think tanks and charity partners.

We submit responses to government consultations and select committee inquiries and prepare briefing documents on key issues for our members.

We also collate key industry statistics, including our Publishing Yearbook, and carry out an annual industry workforce survey.

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25 March 2022

Diversity survey of the publishing workforce 2021

The Publishers Association’s industry survey shows that there has been an increase in the diversity of the workforce, but that there are still areas which need to be improved on.  The survey is the biggest of its kind in the creative industries. A total of 14,089 employees from 60 businesses took part in 2021.  Key…

17 September 2021

Author diversity report and toolkit

This toolkit includes guidance for publishing companies seeking to collect data about the protected characteristics of authors, illustrators and translators. Prepared by independent researchers following consultation with publishers, the toolkit aims to help publishers navigate this area. It includes guidance on creating and sending out an author questionnaire, along with template questions aimed at gathering…

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…