The Cultural Human Resources Council just released its much anticipated National Compensation Study for managerial and administrative positions in not-for-profit arts organizations, an update to similar studies from 2008 & 2003. “The findings show there have been only minimal compensation improvements, particularly for the small and mid-sized organizations which make up the majority of the arts organizations in the sector – and in fact over the nine-year period since 2008, real wages actually decreased.”
For those working in the sector, I don’t think this will come as much of a big surprise. But given the rising cost of living in Ontario cities, especially in Toronto which houses the majority of arts and culture organizations in Ontario, these findings are very concerning.
WorkInCulture is leading a labour market insights research project and will be hosting roundtables for artists, cultural workers and arts organizations to across the province throughout the remainder of the year. The intention of this project, which is funded by the Government of Ontario, is to support the cultural workforce in Ontario as part of the Ontario Culture Strategy. Getting accurate data on the cultural workforce is important first step to better understand the problem. The next step will be to look at how to address the systemic issues of precarity in the cultural workforce. Stay tuned for more on that in the coming months. In the meantime, our friends at ONN are doing important work addressing the issue of precarity as a whole in the nonprofit sector. Check out their Decent Work Movement.