Creative Industries: Fair Work Survey

The Scottish Government has an ambition to make Scotland as a pioneer of ‘fair work’ by 2025. The goal is for the people of Scotland to have a world-leading working life where fair work drives success, wellbeing and prosperity for individuals, businesses, organisations and society as a whole.

Creative Scotland has commissioned Culture Radar (working with Ruthless Research) to undertake a review of fair work, leadership, workforce and skills development for people working in the arts, screen and creative industries, starting with a survey.

What is ‘fair work’? According to the Fair Work Convention:

Fair work is work that offers all individuals an effective voice, opportunity, security, fulfilment and respect. It balances the rights and responsibilities of employers and workers, and it generates benefits for individuals, organisations and society.

Fair Work In Scotland’s Creative Industries

The ‘Fair Work First’ approach is being developed by the Scottish Government, trade unions and business to develop support and advice for employers to support fair work practices in their businesses including employing disadvantaged groups. 

So that Creative Scotland can inform its planning around fair work, it wants to understand:

  • How employers in the sector are currently managing and responding to fair work, leadership and skills development
  • Existing challenges to its implementation, and
  • What support is needed

This survey is the first part of this process, and it will inform the wider review which will include interviews, case studies, discussion sessions and events.    

At this point the organisation needs to hear from anyone who has decision-making responsibility around workforce or leadership issues in the sector – including freelancers and self-employed individuals – no matter what your current level of awareness or experience around these issues is

This survey should only take around 15-20 minutes to complete, and it will be open for the whole of September 2021.

The survey is anonymous, and will not link answers to identity in any way.

As a reward for your participation, at the end of the survey you have an opportunity to enter a prize draw to win £50 which you can spend on any product or activity of your choice in the arts, screen or creative industries in Scotland.  

This could be a videogame, craft item, performance tickets, a voucher for your favourite gallery or artist collective shop (as long as it is creatively produced and available in Scotland).

You can find the survey here.

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