Reporting diversity and inclusion

Recording diversity data

ScreenSkills asks all beneficiaries of its services to complete diversity and inclusion monitoring. To offer equal opportunities, prevent discrimination and support under-represented groups, it is essential to monitor our work. We can only change what we measure.

Data helps us measure success and enables us to identify which of our approaches work and which don’t. At ScreenSkills we monitor to inform decisions on where to direct our resources and services. It helps us create a culture of diversity and inclusivity in the screen industries. Our approach is supported with statistics and research and built on best practice guidelines from the Government and organisations such as ACAS

To understand more about ScreenSkills diversity and inclusion monitoring, see each question we ask, how it was developed and why we ask it, please see the guide to diversity and inclusivity monitoring.

Reporting 'prefer not to say' responses

Respondents who answer ‘Prefer not to say’ to diversity and inclusion questions will not be counted towards targets. 

Reporting 'self-describe' free-text responses

Respondents who answered ‘Prefer to self-describe’ and then gave a free-text answer will in most cases not be counted towards targets (with the exception of ethnicity self-description which already fall under an ethnic group heading, e.g. Asian Prefer to self-describe). 

As most diversity and monitoring questions include the option for a free-text answer, the ScreenSkills data management team will meet monthly, with input from the ScreenSkills research team, to analyse free-text answers and decide whether updates to monitoring questions are necessary to better reflect data. However, the data management team will not be able to change a beneficiary’s question response in order to re-classify them without those beneficiaries explicit permission to do so.

Grouping diversity data against targets

ScreenSkills is adopting seven targets for the representation of diverse groups in the screen industries, which are as follows:

  • 50% women
  • 20% black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME)
  • 8% disabled
  • 10% lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT)
  • 75% based in regions outside London and the South East
  • 93% from a non-paid school background
  • 15% parental occupations from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds (or were raised in care)

To report against these groups, we will translate the diversity data we collect into the above categories, using the following dimensions:

50% women target

Included in this target are those who identified themselves as:

  • Woman

Not included are those who identified themselves as:

  • Intersex
  • Man
  • Non-binary
  • Prefer not to say
  • Prefer to self-describe

20% BAME target

Included in this target are those who identified themselves as:

  • Asian Bangladeshi
  • Asian Chinese
  • Asian Indian
  • Asian Pakistani
  • Asian Prefer to self-describe
  • Black African
  • Black Caribbean
  • Black Prefer to self-describe
  • Mixed White and Asian
  • Mixed White and Black African
  • Mixed White and Black Caribbean
  • Mixed Prefer to self-describe
  • Arab

Not included are those who identified themselves as:

  • White British
  • White English
  • White Irish
  • White Gypsy or Traveler
  • White Northern Irish
  • White Scottish
  • White Welsh
  • White Prefer to self-describe
  • Prefer not to say my ethnicity
  • White Prefer not to say
  • Asian Prefer not to say
  • Black Prefer not to say
  • Mixed Prefer not to say
  • Other Prefer to self-describe

8% disabled target

Included in this target are those who identified themselves as:

  • Yes (disabled)

Not included are those who identified themselves as

  • No (not disabled)
  • Prefer not to say whether I have a disability

10% LGBT target

Included in this target are those who identified themselves as:

  • Bi/Bisexual
  • Gay man
  • Gay woman/lesbian

And/or those who identified themselves as:

  • Yes (trans)

Not included are those who identified themselves as:

  • Heterosexual
  • Prefer not to say sexual orientation
  • Prefer to self-describe sexual orientation

And identified themselves as:

  • No (not trans)
  • Prefer to self-describe trans status

75% regionality target

Included in this target are those who entered current postcodes within the regions of:

  • North West England
  • East of England
  • West Midlands
  • South West England
  • Yorkshire and the Humber
  • East Midlands
  • North East England
  • Northern Ireland
  • Wales
  • Scotland

Not included are those who entered a current postcode within the regions of:

  • South East England
  • London

93% non-paid school background

Included in this target are those who identified themselves as attending:

  • Attended school outside the UK
  • State-run or state-funded school - non-selective
  • State-run or state-funded school - selective on academic, faith or other grounds

Not included are those who identified themselves as attending:

  • Independent or fee-paying school – no bursary
  • Independent of fee-paying school – bursary
  • Don’t know
  • Prefer to self-describe

15% socio-economic background target

Included in this target are those who identified themselves as growing up with parental or guardian occupations of:

  • Routine manual and service occupations
  • Semi-routine manual and service occupations
  • Long-term unemployment
  • This question does not apply (e.g. because I was raised in care)

Not included are those who identified growing up with the parental or guardian occupations of:

  • Clerical and intermediate occupations
  • Middle or junior managers
  • Modern professional occupations
  • Senior managers and administrators
  • Technical and craft occupations
  • Traditional professional occupations
  • Prefer not to say

Because ScreenSkills has adopted a self-identification model of diversity monitoring, we are reliant on our beneficiaries self-selecting their personal characteristics. This may result in small margins of error due to the individual choices of those completing monitoring.