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Equal Opportunities

Gender

A high proportion of women (57%, compared with 46% in the whole UK economy) are working in the active leisure, learning and well-being sector.

By industry, the proportion of the female workforce varies:

  • 47% in sport and recreation
  • 51% in health and fitness
  • 87% in playwork
  • 44% in the outdoors
  • 34% in the caravan industry

Playwork is still predominantly female at 85%, even though the proportion of males has

increased in recent years. However, male playworkers appear to be more likely to reach higher positions or status: of the men, over 75% are in supervisory positions.

Source: Sector Skills Assessment – Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being: UK 2010


Age

The workforce has a higher proportion of young people aged 16-24 (24%) than the workforce across the UK (14%). These will, however, be concentrated at 18 years and over as regulations and licensing requirements discourage the employment of those aged under 18 years. However, this can vary by industry:

  • the sport, fitness and outdoors sub-sectors have a much younger profile to that of the other sectors and conversely,
  • playwork and the caravan industry are relatively older.

Source: Sector Skills Assessment – Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being: UK 2010


Ethnicity

The workforce is predominantly drawn from white ethnic groups (94%), which is similar to employment across the UK (91%).

Source: Sector Skills Assessment – Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being: UK 2010


Disability

An estimated 9% of the sector workforce reported some form of disability or impairment in 2008. The most commonly cited form of disability or impairment was a learning disability (3.1%), followed by health or other impairment (2%), a physical impairment (1.6%) and hearing impairment (1.5%). Studio or fitness managers and gym instructors with a disability or impairment were more than double that reported in 2007.

Source: Working in Fitness Survey 2008