Artist Incomes

Part time and freelance employment is more common in the arts than the general workforce

According to Cunningham and Higgs’ analysis of the 2011 Census, one third of the general workforce was employed part time (32 percent). In comparison, well over half of those working in artist occupations in their main job were working part time (59 percent) and 4 in 10 of those working in arts-related occupations were part time (41 percent).

Around half of people working in main-job artist occupations were working freelance/own account worker (47 percent). Those in arts-related occupations were more likely to be working as employees (66 percent). However, in comparison, 89 percent of the general workforce work as employees, highlighting the greater contingency in the work situation of arts workers.

These levels are consistent with findings from the 2006 census report.