A survey of more than 1,000 people working in UK publishing has found that more than 90% currently in the industry classify themselves as white British.
Carried out between June and July, the bookcareers.com salary survey received 1,023 valid responses. The vast majority of respondents – 84.6% – were female, and more than nine in 10 (90.4%) were white British. Four years ago, when research was last conducted, 81.8% of respondents were female, and 93.7% were white British.
“I think publishers have been very proactive in trying to encourage diversity … in their companies,” said bookcareers.com’s Suzanne Collier, pointing to Penguin Random House and Hachette as leaders in this field. “But it is going to take a long time for this to take hold, and until that figure is reduced to about 60/40 we have not got true diversity.”
Or is that female skew not what they’re talking about?