Diversity and inclusion: how we’re doing

We’re committed to being inclusive. In the projects we fund, the work we promote, the people we employ.

We’ve set ourselves targets across all our activities. Against these, we constantly monitor and evaluate our progress to check where we could be doing better and where necessary take positive action to achieve better results.

We’re also committed to openness and transparency across our work, so every year we’ll publish an update on our progress so you can see how we’re doing.

Here we are reporting on data captured in 2017/18 on who we’ve supported through the BFI Film Academy, BFI NETWORK, development and production funding from the BFI Film Fund, and who we employ. We will report on who engages with our cultural output and other funds in 2019.

Our figures are derived from the most up-to-date data available. Some of this is declared data taken from monitoring forms which are voluntarily completed, so we can’t always guarantee a 100% return rate.

The BFI’s targets, which are based on proportionality of the UK’s working age population, came into effect on 1 April 2018. They are:

  • 50-50 gender balance
  • 20% target for those identifying as belonging to an under-represented ethnic group*
  • 10% target for those identifying as LGBTQ+
  • 7% target for those identifying as D/deaf and disabled

*Those who identify their ethnic origin from the following groups on the BFI Diversity and Inclusion Monitoring Form: Asian/Asian British, Black/African/Caribbean/Black British, Mixed/multiple ethnic groups and Other ethnic group.

For those we funded in 2017/18, this is how we did:

Behind those over-arching numbers, each of our funding streams break down like this**:

**BFI NETWORK data starts from April 2018 and we will report on that from April 2019. BFI Film Academy targets are aligned with those set by the Department for Education which funds the programme, so there is currently no LGBTQ+ target in place.

  Production Development First features BFI Film Academy BFI NETWORK
Gender (female) 47% 40% 50% 49% Available from 2018/19
Ethnicity (non-white) 19% 22% 67% 25% Available from 2018/19
LGBTQ+ 20% 27% 0% N/A Available from 2018/19
D/deaf and disabled 1% 1% 0% 13% Available from 2018/19
Gender (female) 39% 41% 38% 39% 43% 71%
Ethnicity (non-white) 32% 23% 22% 11% 12% 11%
LGBTQ+ 25% 20% 28% 21% 28% 19%
D/deaf and disabled 0% 4% 0% 0% 4% 0%

For those we employ, in 2017/18 this is how we did:

As of 31 March 2018 the BFI employs 573 people. This total includes people on permanent and temporary contracts.

Of those:

  • 52.2% identify as female
  • 12.4% identify as belonging to an under-represented ethnic group
  • 9.1% identify as LGBTQ+
  • 3.7% identify as as D/deaf and disabled

Our pay gaps as at 31 March 2018 are:

  Mean Median  
Gender 0.4% 1.9% In favour of male employees
Ethnicity 16.6% 14.4% In favour of white employees

Representation across the workforce (ordered by grade):

  Support / Assistants Technical / Practitioner Manager / Professionals Heads of Department Executive / Senior Manager
(% shows those identifying as female)
55.2% 49.8% 54.2% 50.0% 56.0%
(% shows those identifying as belonging to an under-represented ethnic group)
19.0% 14.6% 6.3% 8.3% 4.0%
(% shows those identifying as LGBTQ+)
9.5% 7.9% 11.3% 8.3% 8.0%
D/deaf and disabled
(% shows those identifying as D/deaf and disabled)
4.8% 5.1% 0.7% 2.1% 4.0%


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