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Tuesday, 1st December 2015

A Study of the UK Information Workforce (Executive Summary)

Source: CILIP (UK)

From Press Release:

First comprehensive, national study of workers in the library, archives, records, information and knowledge management domains also identifies low ethnic, gender and age diversity.

On 24 November 2015, the UK-based Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and the Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland) (ARA) launched a report containing the results of a survey on workers in the UK information sectors. The survey’s coverage – with 10,623 responses across the public, private and voluntary sectors – makes it the most robust and comprehensive of its kind ever undertaken in the UK, and possibly globally.

Among a number of headline findings, the survey revealed that:

despite having a predominantly female workforce, at 78.1%, male workers typically earn more than women, and are nearly twice as likely to occupy senior management roles than their female counterparts;

The workforce has lower ethnic diversity than the national UK Labour Force Survey statistic, with 96.7% of workers identifying as ‘white’, almost 10% above the national workforce average;

The sector has an ageing pool of workers, with the highest proportion (at 55·3%)in the 45-to-55 age band;

The workforce is highly qualified, with over two thirds holding postgraduate qualifications and most having professional qualifications as well as membership of a relevant professional body. At the same time, average wages in the sector are around the same as the UK average as a whole.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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