This article has been written by Fair Museum Jobs, a grassroots organisation that campaigns for fairer and more ethical recruitment and job practice in UK museums. As such, the articles and campaigns referenced below relate mainly to the UK market
Museum work can be extremely rewarding, with a large variety of roles for different interests – more than you might imagine. But, the sector is extremely over-subscribed and there is often a lot of competition for paid roles.
The current picture is a bleak one as many cultural organisations who have lost income during lockdown are turning more and more to redundancies, meaning that competition for paid roles will be even greater after 2020. The sector frequently states its ambitions to be inclusive and diverse, but inherent structural issues, exacerbated rather than caused by Covid-19, directly prevent inclusive practice.
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