The Arts Council UK, the leading funding body for the arts, has clarified it’s position on advertising jobs on their free mailing list service, http://www.artsjobs.org.uk which also appears on twitter and facebook.
‘Arts Jobs list details current vacancies and opportunities in the arts community, and Arts News details arts events, news and press releases. Both mailing lists are generated entirely by Arts Jobs and Arts News members.”
Arts Council Solicitor, Sarah Beech, has made it clear that the NMW and other employment law is important to the Arts Council. The following measures are being undertaken to make sure Art Jobs postings are up to date with employment law.
ArtsJobs now cautions against improper use of volunteer status on the welcome page of their website ‘Please ensure that volunteer opportunities are genuine. You cannot use ‘volunteers’ to do work that you would otherwise have to pay someone to do. Further advice and guidance can be found at Volunteering England and Business Link. You can find guidelines for employers offering work placement schemes in the creative industries at the Skillset website.’
Artsjobs has included in ‘posting’ section of their terms and conditions that employers are responsible for making sure their postings are lawful. Employers must ‘warrant that any posting is for bona fide paid employment or a volunteering opportunity and that you are not in breach of any relevant law from time to time in force including, but not limited to, law relating to employment rights and equality/diversity.’
Guidance on pay for artists has been available since 2008. Click here for a copy of Arts Council Publication: ‘How to Pay Artists.
ArtsJob’s external moderator will screen for postings that do not conform to NMW: ‘Arts Jobs is moderated by an external company (Net Efficiency) on our behalf. We are working with them to ensure that their staff are clear about the MWR so that they can recognise when an advert is not for a genuine volunteer opportunity.’
Arts Council Staff is being trained. “I have also been working with our Enquiries team and other parts of the organisation to ensure that all staff understand the implications of the MWR.”
Anyone with concerns about postings that do not conform to NMW or employment law you can contact the Arts Council Enquiries.