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Posted on: 28th September 2016 at 00:00
Posted by: PANDA
Location: UK
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  1. Skilled migration and the UK’s creative industries
  2. Health as a Social Movement: The Power of People in Movements


1. Skilled migration and the UK’s creative industries

Given the current uncertainty around European migration, this report argues that to support the growth of the creative industries, we need to do all we can to ensure that the UK is able to access talent from outside of Europe.

Key findings

  • 55.5 per cent and 45.5 per cent of jobs in the creative industries that are not done by UK workers, are filled by European and non-EEA migrants respectively.
  • In some creative sub-sectors the number of non-European migrants outnumbers those from Europe, for instance in IT, software and computer services.
  • In other creative sub-sectors, like Music, Arts, TV, Film, Publishing and Architecture, we see that non-EEA migrants make up a disproportionately low number of workers compared to their European and UK colleagues, which is consistent with the possibility that there is a demand for UK creative workers in these particular areas due to their understanding of UK culture, or that the UK is doing a better job than its international competitors in training the talent needed to fill jobs in these sub-sectors.

The creative industries are an important driver of UK economic growth and should feature prominently in the government’s industrial strategy. But their continued growth requires creative talent. The UK cannot meet the whole of the creative industries’ talent needs, so firms must recruit from overseas. The UK’s decision to leave the EU will make it all the more important that it can recruit skilled talent from outside Europe.

The UK’s migration policy system, though not specifically tailored for creative migrants, currently offers a number of routes for workers from outside of Europe. These routes are complex, however. With greater uncertainties about EU migrant workers in the creative industries, the UK needs to review how it can make it easier for UK creative businesses to meet their skilled migrant talent needs from outside Europe.


Juan Mateos-Garcia, George Windsor, Hasan Bakhshi


2. Health as a Social Movement: The Power of People in Movements 

This report illuminates the power of people in movements to improve health and proposes the need for new models of engagement between institutions and social movements.

Key findings

  • People working together in social movements have changed how we experience health and the systems that shape it: reducing stigma around issues like breast cancer, improving end of life care, winning rights for those with disabilities, advancing clinical research and reframing health priorities.
  • The report identifies seven ways social movements impact health and care and illustrates the transformative potential of movements through over 20 national, international and historical examples.
  • Social movements put pressure on societal systems to accelerate transformation, respond directly to the experiences of people and can diffuse change widely across populations. Yet, they can be messy, turbulent and risky. They represent one approach to the  transformation so urgently needed in health and care.
  • It is potentially unprecedented for a major public institution like the NHS - with clear hierarchies, rules and protocols - to actively call for and nurture social movements.
  • Effective encounters between institutions and movements will require new models of engagement that draw on the efficiency and scale of institutions and the dynamism and agility of movements. The report also stresses that understanding how social movements behave is critical to engaging with them.

There is a unique power to people in social movements - one in which purposeful citizens have the determination and courage to stand up, speak out and seek change in the issues that matter to them and their loved ones.

Movements are agile and dynamic but also messy and turbulent. They arise outside formal institutions and established power structures. They challenge and disrupt. They are restless and determined. They often make society, elites and institutions deeply uncomfortable as they challenge accepted values, norms, priorities and procedures.

There are inherent challenges in established organisations like the NHS working alongside more emergent practice-like movements. Many questions emerge: how can formal institutions work with something as restless and intangible as a movement? Who is accountable to whom? Can shared purpose be created without co-opting citizen-led change?

If institutions and movements are to partner effectively and build on their strengths, new models of engagement must be devised, with commitment on both sides to engage and create better ways of doing things.


Jacqueline del Castillo, Halima Khan, Lydia Nicholas, Annie Finnis


Both these publications & other great resources can be found on Nesta's website