How and why we measured the data

In 2017 we set ourselves targets across all our activities. Against these, we monitor and evaluate our progress to check where we could be doing better and where necessary take positive action to achieve better results.

Our figures are derived from the most up-to-date data available. 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:

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

*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.

BFI diversity data from 2017 to 2018 provided baseline figures.

Who we funded in 2018 to 2019

Overview

Type of work funded by the BFI
Type of person Production Development Debut directors Doc Society features
D/deaf and disabled 2% 3% 0% 5%
Ethnicity (non-white) 16% 19% 30% 11%
Gender (female) 51% 49% 50% 57%
LGBTQ+ 28% 21% 50% 32%

Percentages taken from the diversity and inclusion data provided by the writer, producer and director of each funded features.

Type of work funded by the BFI
Type of person BFI NETWORK shorts and early development Doc Society shorts with BFI NETWORK BFI Film Academy
D/deaf and disabled 6% 6% 11%
Ethnicity (non-white) 10% 11% 30%
Gender (female) 53% 55% 54%
LGBTQ+ 18% 18% N/A

Percentages derived from the combined diversity and inclusion data provided by the writer, producer and director of each funded shorts.

BFI Film Academy data based on Diversity & Inclusion data provided by each participant.

Features

Type of work funded by the BFI
Type of person Writer
Development
Director
Development
Producer
Development
D/deaf and disabled 1% 3% 3%
Ethnicity (non-white) 22% 22% 13%
Gender (female) 48% 50% 49%
LGBTQ+ 19% 21% 24%
Type of work funded by the BFI
Type of person Writer
Production
Director
Production
Producer
Production
Debut directors
Production
D/deaf and disabled 5% 0% 0% 0%
Ethnicity (non-white) 21% 21% 5% 30%
Gender (female) 47% 53% 53% 50%
LGBTQ+ 26% 37% 21% 50%
Type of work funded by the BFI
Type of person Director
Doc Society features
Producer
Doc Society features
D/deaf and disabled 11% 0%
Ethnicity (non-white) 17% 6%
Gender (female) 56% 61%
LGBTQ+ 6% 61%

Due to the factual content of documentaries, there are no writers attached to Doc Society funded project this year.

BFI NETWORK

Shorts

Type of work funded by the BFI
Type of person Writer Director Producer
D/deaf and disabled 8% 5% 8%
Ethnicity (non-white) 18% 10% 5%
Gender (female) 53% 35% 68%
LGBTQ+ 8% 15% 8%

Early development

Type of work funded by the BFI
Type of person Writer Director Producer
D/deaf and disabled 6% 9% 0%
Ethnicity (non-white) 26% 9% 0%
Gender (female) 52% 73% 78%
LGBTQ+ 19% 27% 33%
Type of work funded by the BFI
Type of person Director
Doc Society short
Producer
Doc Society short
D/deaf and disabled 10% 0%
Ethnicity (non-white) 40% 0%
Gender (female) 60% 80%
LGBTQ+ 20% 10%

Due to the factual content of documentaries, there was only one writer attached to BFI NETWORK Doc Society funded short project this year.

Who we employed in 2018 to 2019

As of November 2019** the BFI employs 585 people. This number includes people on permanent and fixed term contracts.

Of those:

  • 8.6% identify as as D/deaf and disabled
  • 15.5% identify as belonging to an under-represented ethnic group
  • 53% identify as female
  • 11.7% identify as LGBTQ+

Pay gaps as of 31 March 2019***

Pay gap results
Type of personal characteristic Mean Median Who the results favour
Disability 10.8% 19.4% Non-disabled employees
Ethnicity (non-white) 10% 12% White employees
Gender -0.02% 3.9% Mean: in favour of female employees
Median: in favour of male employees
LGBTQ+ -0.4% 0% LGBTQ+ employees

Representation across our workforce (ordered by role level)

Level of employee
Type of person Support / assistants Technical / practitioner Manager / professionals Heads of department Executive / senior manager    
D/deaf and disabled
(% self-identified as D/deaf and disabled)
11.6% 10% 5.5% 12% 3.9%    
Ethnicity
(% self-identified as belonging to an under-represented ethnic group)
22.1% 16.1% 12.3% 20% 7.7%    
Gender
(% self-identified as female)
53.7% 52.1% 54.8% 48% 53.8%    
LGBTQ+
(% self-identified as LGBTQ+)
10.5% 9.6% 16.4% 12% 11.5%    

** Other than the pay gaps, BFI workforce data is as of November 2019 rather than March 2019. This follows a significant engagement project with staff enabling us to capture a larger and more comprehensive data set, resulting in more robust and accurate reporting. Moving forward, we will report on financial years, April to March.

*** We have applied the gender pay gap calculation methodology across all pay gaps as we await Government guidance for other categories. We have compared average pay between two distinct groups: our BAME and white people; LGBTQ+ and heterosexual people; and D/deaf & disabled and non-disabled people. Different methodology may change the pay gap figures, plus different groups within these categories may have varying experiences which will not be reflected within the gender pay gap binary approach.