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Report: The Language of Discrimination

Posted on February 15, 2023

Creative Access partnered with global communications agency FleishmanHillard to explore the extent and impact of this “language discrimination” on employer cultures, employees and aspiring employees and on the work they produce in the creative industries and beyond.

The report reveals the impact of accent bias within the creative industries, and how those affected are feeling under pressure to change their accents to advance in their careers and appease management and clients. Over three quarters (77%) of respondents working in the creative industries have felt they had to change their accents in the workplace – specifically when dealing with clients. Meanwhile 89% of our Creative Access community have felt prematurely and sub-consciously judged by others based simply on their accent and manner of speech.

The report draws on a survey of 301 members of the Creative Access community, and a nationally representative survey of 2,000 UK adults based on age, gender, region, ethnicity, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.

Read the report in full here: Language of Discrimination

Employer resource: The language of discrimination – class barriers and accent bias