Cultural Human Resources Council’s (CHRC) Cultural HR Study 2010 is now online. The study, conducted by the Conference Board of Canada, draws on the input of over 3,000 employers and workers from the cultural community including broadcasting; digital media; film and television; heritage; performing arts; music and sound recording; visual arts and crafts; and writing and publishing. This is the largest HR study ever undertaken on the cultural sector in Canada.
The HR Trends and Issues report is based on interviews, consultations and a survey of close to 3,000 employers, artists and cultural workers from across the sector and across the country. Highlights include industry fast facts; environmental overviews of HR issues, with employer and worker perspectives; and promising policies, programs and practices. The overriding issue in all cultural sub-sectors is the “digital tsunami” that is changing the way art and cultural products are created, produced, distributed, marketed and preserved. In its wake are critical HR issues such as the need for new skills training, business models and partnerships to enable Canada’s cultural workers to take full advantage of the global marketplace.
The landmark study also includes a Labour Market Information (LMI) report, rich with the most complete set of tables and detailed statistics ever assembled on the cultural labour force; and an in-depth report on HR Trends and Issues faced by employers, employees and the self-employed. The LMI report documents the breadth and strength of the sector with a labour force of 539,000 employers and workers across the country, and an economic impact of $39 billion of the gross domestic product.
Do these reports have you considering a career in the culture sector? CHRC has even more amazing resources. Check out the Careers in Culture section of the CHRC website that provides background and insight into an arts and culture career. You’ll find job search strategies, training requirements, job interview tips and interest quizzes. Also featured here are examples of cover letters and resumes, instructions on creating a demo or portofolio as well as testimonials from people working in the industry.