Improving recruitment practices in the screen industries

Our new inclusive recruitment toolkit offers organisations working in the screen industries a step-by-step approach to improving diversity.

The screen industries craft the stories that shape our understanding of our lives and our world. It is vital that the true diversity of human experience and endeavour is reflected in these stories. 

Working in the screen industries is not yet fully accessible to all, and recruitment needs to change. To help instigate this change, SIGN commissioned the Bridge Group to produce an inclusive recruitment toolkit.

The toolkit reviews the latest evidence to identify inequalities in the sector in relation to gender identity, ethnic background, socio-economic background and geography. It provides valuable insights into the underlying challenges, gleaned from a series of expert interviews with senior people working in the sector. Most importantly, the toolkit identifies solutions. It highlights national and regional examples of good practice, and presents practical step-by-step advice on improving diversity and inclusion in relation to hiring, progression, outreach, culture, data collection and geography, with options tailored to the size of an organisation.

These alternative approaches will help the screen industries to move away from the currently widespread reliance on informal recruitment practices and trusted networks. The toolkit also suggests how to change the organisational structure of the screen industries and the project-based nature of contracts. Inclusive recruitment practice, in this wider sense, is a vital tool in improving diversity in the screen industries.

Toolkit launch

SIGN will launch the toolkit on Thursday 6 July, 1.00pm – 2.00pm. Bridge Group researchers will present key findings, followed by brief observations with a panel from the sector and the opportunity for attendees to ask questions. Register for your free ticket.