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Equal Opportunities

Gender

Hairdressing and beauty therapy are traditionally female-dominated industries. 90% of the workforce is female, compared with 46% across the whole economy. 15% of self-employed workers are male and only 7% of employees. By industry:

  • 98% of beauty therapy workforce is female
  • 80% of the nail services workforce
  • 77% of the hairdressing workforce
  • 65% of the barbering workforce
  • 72% of the spa therapy workforce
  • 74% of the African Caribbean hair workforce

Source: Habia Skills Needs Assessment 2007 and Habia Skills Foresight for the hair and beauty sector 2007


Age

The sector is characterised by a high proportion of young people; 31.1% of the workforce are aged 16-24 years compared with 13.4% in the whole economy. By industry:

  • 67% of beauty therapy recruits are aged under 26 years
  • 33% of the nail services workforce is aged 16-24 years
  • 83% of hairdressing recruits are aged under 26 years
  • 58% of barbering recruits are aged under 26 years
  • 57% of the spa therapy workforce is aged 16-34 years
  • 57% of the African Caribbean hair workforce is aged 16-34 years

35.3% of establishments in the sector recruit under 24s, compared with 23.8% of all sector establishments in England.

The reliance of the sector on young people entering the sector may be issue, as larger proportions of young people are staying in education longer before entering the workforce.

Source: Habia Skills Needs Assessment 2007 and Habia Skills Foresight for the hair and beauty sector 2007


Ethnicity

6.8% of the hair and beauty workforce is from ethnic minority groups, compared with 8.4% of the whole economy.

Around 11% of the sector’s student population is from ethnic minoritygroups.

Source: Assessment of current provision: hair and beauty sector – England 2008 and Habia Skills Needs Assessment 2007


Disability

In 1999, research showed that the incidence of dyslexia amongst hairdressing trainees was 7.8%, compared with 4.7% in the UK population.

Source: Habia Skills Needs Assessment 2007