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People employed by the MLA sector 2003
  Core (GB) *
 
74,980
   
of which, male *
42.4%
   
female *
57.7%
   
of which, full-time *
52.9%
   
part-time *
47.2%
Wider (England)**
 
23,770
Self-employed (England)**
 
1,490
Total
 
100,242
Source:
 MLA, 2005 ( * ONS Annual Business Inquiry  ** ONS Labour Force Survey)
Core employees includes those employed in standalone institutions that are solely in the business of being a museum, library or archive – such as public libraries, independent museums, and the ‘nationals’ (e.g. the British Museum, Tate, the National Archives etc.)

Wider sector employees are Archivists, Curators or Librarians, working in museums, libraries and archives which are part of other organisations such as archives in private businesses, libraries in pharmaceutical companies, academic libraries in education institutions and military museums.

Figures exclude library assistants and records management staff.

Table updated Dec 05
Number working in libraries
  2003-04 1998-99  
  Professional staff Total staff Professional staff Total staff Source
Public libraries ¹
6,010
26,286
6,366
25,858
CIPFAc/LISU database
Staff per 10,000 population
1.01
4.30
1.07
4.25
 
Academic libraries ²
3,775
10,238
3,599
9,363
SCONUL
Staff per 1,000 FTE students
2.21
6.05
2.36
6.14
 

¹ Staff in post on 31.3.04 and 31.3.99
² Staff in post on 31.7.04 and 31.7.99

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Archives workforce
  31.3.04
(GB)
31.3.99
(England & Wales only)
Number of people employed in local authority archives
1,397
1,201
of which archivists
30.7%
33.38%
of which conservation staff
6.6%
8.4%
of which records management staff
5.1%
n/k
Source: CIPFAa, 2005, 2000    
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Museums workforce
Local authority museums (in England and Wales)  *
4,701
All museums (in GB)  **
32,370
Source:  * CIPFAb, 2005; ** MLA, 2005 (taken from ABI)
 * Staff in position on 31 March 2004. This figure has been grossed up.
** Figure for people working in 'museums activities and preservation of historical sites and buildings' in 2003.
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Museums and galleries staff in England by employment type (2004)
graph museums and galleries staff by employment type
VisitBritain 2005b

Based on a sample of 630 museums and galleries, and 24,973 staff.

FT - full-time     PT - part-time

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