- 19% of the industry workforce is female, compared to the UK average of 45%
- Women tend to be under-represented in more technical roles, such as technical development (9%), in audio, sound and music (7%) and in creative development (5%).
- Women tend to be better represented in more business-oriented roles, such as legal (56%), business management (36%) and distribution, sales and marketing (31%).
- In the strategic management roles, women are represented more (27%) than the industry average but still less than the average across the UK workforce. (Creative Skillset, Apr 2016)
- 4% of the industry workforce is from BAME groups, lower than the UK average (10%) and much lower than the London average (35%). Considering the industry’s concentration in London (37%), this highlights the underrepresentation of these groups.
- Representation for BAME groups is low in art and design (2%), animation (2%) technical development (2%) and production (2%) and is reported at 0% for content development roles.
- BAME groups tend to be represented better in legal roles (11%) and in strategic management positions (13%), both above the UK average but still below the London average for these groups. (Creative Skillset, Apr 2016)
- The games workforce has the youngest profile in the creative media industry: 68% are below 35 years old, compared to 48% in the overall creative media industry or 35% of the UK working population. The age profile of women working in games is even younger, with 79% being under 35 years old. (Creative Skillset, May 2015)
- 45% of women in the industry feel that their gender is a limiting factor in their career progression. (Next Gen Skills Academy, Jan 2015)
- 33% of women experienced direct harassment or bullying because of their gender. (Next Gen Skills Academy, Jan 2015)
- 84% women believe good practices are in place to ensure equal treatment of men and women. (Next Gen Skills Academy, Jan 2015)
- 94% women feel more is needed to help women establish their personal brands and find their voice in industry. (Next Gen Skills Academy, Jan 2015)
- Internationally, 22% of workforce in development is female. (IGDA Infographic, June 2014)