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Ukraine/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.9 Employment policies for the cultural sector

In December 2013, a total of 240 700 persons were employed in the public cultural, leisure, and sports sector (compared with 243 000 in 2012, 252 000 in 2011 and 262 000 in 2010), at about 44 800 state or community owned cultural organisations. Most of the cultural employees are working in institutions funded from local budgets (more than 190 000 workers) (see also chapter 7.3).

There is no data on employment patterns in the private sector cultural industries.

The main problems related to cultural employment are the following (inherited from previous periods):

  • to raise the salaries of cultural workers, especially in rural areas and small towns;
  • to provide training programmes offering new management skills;
  • to stimulate culture entrepreneurship and the creative sector based on new technologies;
  • to raise the prestige of employment in the cultural sector;
  • to protect the cultural sector from budget cuts;
  • to secure tax and rent privileges, especially for independent artists and organisations; and
  • to open new economic possibilities for public culture institutions.

Chapter published: 05-06-2015

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