Some reflections on the PRCA Census Launch

 As much as I love London I always jump at the chance to travel to the rest of the UK. Like it or not the capital city is a very different playground to many of the locations we visited during the PRCA Census launch events.

Being a data collection specialist, we collect an awful lot of data (did I hear a gasp of surprise?). However, we rarely get to be involved with what happens to the spreadsheets after they’ve left our office. Being involved with collecting the data for the PRCA census and travelling to the launches has given us an amazing chance to see the research and data in action!


The PRCA census is a temperature gauge of the PR and comms (communication?) industry: from Ddversity and the gender pay gap to changing roles and responsibilities, it covers a multitude of sins. The good news is: on the face of it, many things are moving in the right direction. The slightly more troubling news is: this isn’t the case in all regions. For example, we had several conversations about diversity – many businesses crying out for gender diversity and for more CVs from different ethnic backgrounds. Without a doubt the rhetoric was one of embracing and encouraging differences and yet the population outside of London is still predominantly white British which makes recruiting a diverse workforce much more of a challenge!


The gender pay gap (still) surprised many people. The majority of agencies have fewer than 250 employees and therefore are exempt from the government compulsory reporting. But while the numbers are troubling, there was nothing but a positive attitude and willingness to tackle the problem head on.


Perhaps my favourite take away is the passion and excitement for the next generation of workers who are coming through the ranks. As a young industry (with an average age of 29!) there is a great commitment to make sure these new recruits stay in the industry, that women do make it to higher positions and do not feel forced to leave the industry if they do decide to start a family. There is a big commitment to flexible working hours, shared paternity and work-life balances.


It is great the PRCA are able to facilitate so many of these important discussions and bring these topics to the fore. I for one am looking forward to seeing how this commitment to change impacts the cold hard figures in the coming years.


The full report can be found here:

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