skip to main content

In our Staff

National Theatre Staff photo on steps and terraces of the National in Autumn 2016

In our Staff

Our aspiration is for the NT’s workforce to reflect the diversity of the population of the United Kingdom.

By March 2021:

  • 20% of our workforce will be from a BAME background

In 2017-18:

  • 50% of NT staff were female
  • 12% of NT staff were from a Black or Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) background
  • 5% of NT staff declared a disability
  • 19 apprentices were in post
  • 188 young people completed work experience placements
  • Our Gender Pay Gap was effectively 0%.
    • Our mean gender pay gap is -1.1%; the UK average is 17.4%.
    • Our median gender pay gap is -3.0%; the UK average is 18.4%.

In 2017–18, we employed over 4,000 people working across a vast range of crafts and disciplines, from actors to accountants, from costume supervisors to chefs, from marketing officers to musicians.

In the wake of the #metoo revelations, we responded with an updated policy, the development of our new Inclusive Workplace programme, and pledged our support to Equity's Safe Space Initiative.

Programmes to support progression went from strength to strength: we hired 19 apprentices; 20 people took part in Accelerate, our sectoral leadership programme for BAME and d/Deaf or disabled staff; 13 people participated in Step Change, our mid-career programme for staff looking for a change of direction.

We recruited our first cohort of staff Mental Health First Aiders as part of Mental Health Awareness at Work week. We became strategic partners for Parents in Performing Arts, and Rufus Norris joined the campaign as an ambassador.

We continued to work with the Prince’s Trust, Southwark Works, The Camden Society and Employ SE1 to recruit for our Commercial Operations teams. We have particularly welcomed applications from those with learning difficulties, and within three years have doubled the proportion of customer service assistants declaring a disability.

The National Theatre is Disability Confident Committed

We are committed to:
Ensuring our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
Communicating and promoting vacancies through a range of channels
Offering an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job
Anticipating and providing reasonable adjustments as required
Supporting any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition enabling them to stay in work
At least one preset activity which will make a difference for disabled people

Disability Confident Committed logo