The Big Freelancer Survey IS BACK and once again aims to provide a detailed report of the past 12 months. Like the previous two Big Freelancer Surveys (conducted in 2020 and 2022) this data will feed into ongoing lobbying of both industry bodies and government, informing them where support is most needed and what the greatest issues facing freelancers are.

Our first survey (from 2020) was the largest survey of its kind and directly influenced the announcement of the CRF as well as the production of the Routes To Recovery report.

Last year’s survey received over 1,800 responses and our final Big Freelancer Survey 2022 report was downloaded over 3,200 times. It directly influenced industry and government policy for arts freelancers. 

The 2023 survey is designed to build upon the data collected from the past two surveys, as well as provide evidence-based insight into the impact of the current skills retention crisis facing the industry and the wider reaching cost of living crisis.

We ask performing arts freelancers to provide information about their socio-economic background and current living situation, as well as rates of pay, the impact of Brexit and workplace concerns ranging from safety and security to harassment and bullying.

Evidence-based lobbying is vital for the systemic change that is needed to build a fairer future. The information from this and past surveys is used by employers, industry bodies and government to further understand the living and working conditions of freelancers, who make up over 70% of the theatre sector.

If you require the survey in a ‘plain text’ format, you can download it in word format or PDF format and then re-upload your answers anonymously here.

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The Big Freelancer Survey is conducted by Freelancers Make Theatre Work in partnership with The University of Essex.

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