The future of writing is at stake in the UK after incomes fell dramatically over the past 16 years, according to a new study.
Research shows that earnings for self-employed writers who spend more than 50% of their working time writing have fallen from £17,608 (inflation controlled) in 2006 to £7,000 in 2022.
In the same survey conducted in 2006, 40% of authors earned their full income from writing, compared with 19% in 2022.
The report said “there are serious questions about the future of writing” and that writing itself “cannot sustain an income consistent with minimum wage”.
Consistently, we find that income from writing is dwindling and creative work depreciating.Amy Thomas, project investigator
The researchers also found that diversity is an issue in occupations, with women, black and mixed-race authors, the very young and the very old all earning less than their counterparts. their respective interactions.
The research was carried out by CREate (the UK Center for Creative Economy & Copyright Research based at the University of Glasgow’s School of Law and Center for Advanced Study) and was authorized by the Consortium for Copyright Collecting and Licensing. authorized author (ALCS) to conduct independent research.
Amy Thomas, the survey’s project investigator, said: “Our report is quite unique in terms of the timing, following both the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit, and now the cost of living crisis. activity is taking place.
“While overall author income has declined over the past two decades, our 2022 survey shows a rapid decline that is undoubtedly exacerbated by world events. This raises serious questions about the sustainability of the British writing profession.
“Consistently, we find that income from writing is dwindling and creative labor becomes devalued. While many of our respondents spoke of their love of creativity and passion for writing, their reliance on altruism has been used to justify increasingly unprofitable salaries. enough to live.
“We also recognize that writing is not an equal opportunity profession. There is considerable inequality between those who are being duly rewarded for their writing and those who are not.
“This raises the question of whether we are stifling our creative culture by discouraging a broad and diverse group of writers from entering this market.”
The researchers found “extremely high levels of income inequality” in the profession, noting that the top 10 percent of authors earn 47 percent of their gross personal income.
Many of the authors seem to rely on other members of their family, who are generally well off, with an average household income of £50,000 per year for all respondents.
The survey was conducted to 58,260 members of ALCS this spring and received 2,759 responses, some of which did not answer all of the questions.
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The researchers found that the pandemic had a negative impact on the majority of the authors, with men more frequently reporting positive or neutral experiences than women.
The report also notes that copyright continues to be less understood and used by authors – which can reduce author monetization – while advances are increasingly rare, with almost half Some authors have never received any such payment.
Meanwhile, despite the growing trend of audiovisual streaming, this doesn’t seem to be filtering through the authors, the researchers found.
The report’s findings are being presented at the All-Party Parliamentary Writers’ Group Winter Reception in the House of Commons on Tuesday.
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