Carers in the performing arts earn on average £3,000 less a year than those who do not have such responsibilities, according to a report by Parents in the Performing Arts.
PIPA’s ‘Balancing Act’ survey is the first national benchmarking survey of its kind, given little data exists on how people in the performing arts manage their caring responsibilities. The survey is based on responses from over 2,500 people across dance, music and theatre, including over a thousand respondents with caring responsibilities.
It found women earn on average 25% less than men. Some 44% of women had to change roles due to childcare responsibilities, compared to 23% of male carers; 50% of female carers and 36% of male carers had to change job location because of childcare issues.
Women with caring responsibilities were more likely to work part time or freelance than women without caring responsibilities.
The survey found freelance workers in the arts have to rely on their own resources and support structures and that their lower than average earnings do not cover unexpected expenses.
Only 29% of carers responding to the survey were in full-time employment compared to 45% of non-carers.
Parents and carers habitually give up performance work once they become parents. However, 43% of female carers would want to increase their working hours in the arts, as would 32% of working fathers if adequate childcare was available.
Other findings include:
The survey was conducted in partnership with Birkbeck, University of London and funded by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, Help Musicians UK, Sadler’s Wells and SOLT/ UK Theatre.
You can read the full report here.