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Creative Economy Gender Pay Gap Report Illustrates Severity of Wage Imbalance

BY 29.10.17

Creative Economy Gender Pay Gap Report Illustrates Severity of Wage Imbalance

SAN FRANCISCO: New data from HoneyBook shows that, simply stated, women creatives need to charge more for their services and match their male counterparts. HoneyBook, the business management platform for entrepreneurs in creative industries, recently released the first-ever report dedicated entirely to the gender pay gap among self-employed creative professionals. The company has 50,000+ entrepreneurs on its software platform, providing these users with the tools they need to grow and manage their businesses in competitive, creative industries. The data reveals there is a perception that the gender pay gap doesn’t exist in these creative industries, when in fact, women are making 32 percent less than their male counterparts for the same jobs. Most importantly, the report explores possibilities for why this pay gap exists and shines a light on wage statistics of the creative economy. The study, conducted by HoneyBook, analysed internal data of over 200,000 invoices from October 2016-2017 and polled 3,102 creative entrepreneurs from September 24 - September 29, 2017 to develop the initial report. Download the full report here: https://www.honeybook.com/gender-pay-gap 

Nigeria embraces Google Maps, Street View to Boost Tourism

LAGOS: The Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has stressed the need to leverage on technology, particularly digital mapping, to boost tourism in Nigeria. The Minister said this at the launch of the Economic Value of Geospatial Services in Nigeria.

“As we look to make Nigeria a major tourism destination in Africa, technologies such as Google Maps, but more specifically Street View put forward by Google, will become increasingly important on that front. We hope to see even more value as increasing numbers of people use tools like Google Street View to explore Nigeria," he said.

Alhaji Mohammed said geospatial technology will not only benefit local users but that it is also a veritable tool that can also be incredibly powerful in drawing tourists to the country. “We know this because we've seen the impact that StreetView has had in destinations around Africa. In South Africa, for instance, people can take a guided tour of Robben Island”. Read more

Discop Africa: Digital transformation on cards

JOHANNESBURG: Discop organizers recently announced the launch of Discore, a programme geared toward music industries across Africa with a focus on music production and supervision for content, licensing, synch deals, and their implications for African artists. The aim is that digital transformation will generate better licensing and royalties benefits for musicians. A partnership with ONGEA! Africa, hosts of the annual ONGEA! Eastern Africa Music Summit in Nairobi, the inaugural edition will be held at Discop Abidjan in May 2018, providing an opportunity for music bizzers to interact with their counterparts in film and TV within the framework of Africa’s largest TV content market. Read more.

 

 

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OVER 100 new jobs have been created in Nigeria in part of the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) biggest expansion since the 1940s. BBC is investing in the Nigerian television market - and in the process ensuring stories focus on young people and women across the whole of West Africa.

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UNITED KINGDOM: The creative industries grew at twice the rate of the wider economy in 2015-16, new British government statistics have claimed. Now worth £91.8 billion in terms of gross value added to the UK, the sector grew by 7.6% over the year, while the economy as a whole grew by 3.5% in the same period.

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NIGERIA: THE Nigerian federal government has granted 'Pioneer Status' to the creative industry, in a landmark move aimed at transforming the industry to a creative economy and creating jobs. In a statement at the end of August 2017, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the decision to grant the industry 'Pioneer Status' is in fulfilment of the promise made by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, at the opening of the Creative Industry Financing Conference in Lagos 17-18 July 2017.

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