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In our Staff

National Theatre Staff photo on steps and terraces of the National in Autumn 2016

In our Staff

Our aspiration is for the NT’s workforce to reflect the diversity of the population of the United Kingdom.

By March 2021:

  • 20% of our workforce will be from a BAME background
  • We will have sustained a gender balanced workforce
  • We will have maintained a gender pay gap below 5%

In 2018-19:

  • 50% of staff identified as female
  • 15.5% of staff identified as from a BAME background
  • 7.5% of staff declared a disability or long-term condition
  • Our Gender Pay Gap was 2.2% (5 April 2018)

In 2018–19, we employed over 4,000 people working across a vast range of crafts and disciplines, from actors to accountants, from costume supervisors to chefs, from marketing officers to musicians.

Programmes to support progression went from strength to strength: we hired 12 apprentices; staff from the NT and from across the sector took part in Accelerate, our sectoral leadership programme for BAME and d/Deaf or disabled staff; we also continued to run Step Change, our mid-career programme for staff looking for a change of direction.

Alongside our work experience for young people in local schools we have now relaunched work placements for people aged 18 and above. 108 students took part in work experience, and 11 individuals from under-represented groups will be undertook work placements.

We continued to host Tonic at the NT and are working with Parents in Performing Arts and Act for Change.

The National Theatre is Disability Confident Committed

We are committed to:

  • Ensuring our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
  • Communicating and promoting vacancies through a range of channels
  • Offering an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job
  • Anticipating and providing reasonable adjustments as required
  • Supporting any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition enabling them to stay in work
  • At least one preset activity which will make a difference for disabled people

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