Research Into Authors' Earnings - Published 8 March 2007
LONDON, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- ALCS commissioned the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM), Bournemouth University to conduct research into authors' earnings in the UK compared with those of German authors. The results are based on a survey of 25,000 authors in the two countries.
This research revealed that:
- Writers operate in a 'winner takes all' market: the top 10% earns 50% of the total income.
- The typical earnings of a professional writer are 33% below the national average wage.
- The typical professional writer earns just GBP4000 a year.
- 60% of UK writers need a second job to survive
ALCS LATEST DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS TO AUTHORS (March 2007) FACTS BEHIND THE FIGURES Total ALCS distribution: GBP13,117,087 Total writers paid: 43,388 INDIVIDUAL WRITER PAYMENTS Highest Payment GBP51,000 Lowest Payment GBP10 Average GBP302.32
EARNINGS BY GENRE Earning Situation Radio TV Children's & ELT Maths & by Comedy Series Series Young Adult BOOKS Science genre Books Highest Payment GBP 44,735 5404 17,717 41,858 18048 8087 Average Payment GBP 1006 1625 743 605 485 231 Earning Fiction Children's Radio Poems by Radio genre Highest Payment GBP 8905 133 289 Average Payment GBP 193 30 18
There are 4885 UK based script writers of whom 3307 (or 67%) will receive payment in March 2007 and 3177 UK based fiction writers of whom 2876 (90%) will receive payment.
HIGHEST EARNING LITERARY ESTATES 1. Roald Dahl 3. Robert Ludlam 2. John Aylett 4. James Joyce MOST PHOTOCOPIED BOOKS (according to CLA sources) 1. Numeracy Extras 2. Global Business Information Technology: An Integrated Systems Approach 3. Spotlight Science 7 4. Spotlight Science 9 MOST PHOTOCOPIED NOVEL (according to CLA sources) The Color Purple by Alice Walker HIGHEST EARNING TV & RADIO SERIES 1. EASTENDERS 2. TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS 3. DOCTORS 4. CASUALTY 5. FIMBLES 6. HOLLYOAKS 7. POBOL Y CWM 8. TWEENIES 9. HOOBS, THE 10. HOLBY CITY 11. DOCTOR WHO 12. THE ARCHERS (highest earning radio series) PAYMENTS BY AGE & GENDER - 71% distributed to men - 29% distributed to women - 49% of the payees are between 40 - 60 years of age - Less than 1% is aged under 30 years. - The youngest payee is 15 years old There are 58 writer members aged 20 - 30 years. This is the only age range in which women tend to out-earn men. Between the ages of 30 & 50 payees are twice as likely to be men, and five times more likely for those in their 70s.
Age Range years Men : women ratio Age range years Men : women ratio 20-30 1.1:1 70 - 80 3.3:1 30 - 40 1.7:1 80 - 90 3.4:1 40 - 50 1.7:1 90 - 100 3.2:1 50 - 60 2.0:1 100 - 110 2.2:1 60 - 70 2.6:1 TOP 10 EARNING UK POSTCODES 1. SW South West London 6. WC London 2. OX Oxford 7. BN Brighton 3. N1 North London 8. W1 Central London 4. NW North West London 9. BS Bristol 5. CB Cambridge 10. SE South East London Where do writers live? REGIONAL VARIATIONS
Region % of payees % of payments Regional average GBP Greater London 25.5 26.4 349.80 South West 14.8 13.9 318.10 South East 13.6 12.0 297.40 East of England 10.4 11.3 364.40 North West 8.7 10.7 418.80 Yorkshire 5.5 5.9 362.50 East Midlands 5.0 5.2 350.20 Scotland 6.5 4.9 253.10 Wales 3.2 3.1 302.90 West Midlands 3.5 3.1 302.90 North East 2.5 2.8 382.8 N. Ireland 0.7 0.4 207.50 - 25% of UK payees live in Greater London - 6% of payees live in Scotland - The North West has the highest average payment outside of London.
1. ALCS - CONTACT INFORMATION ALCS, Marlborough Court, 14 - 18 Holborn, London EC1N 2LE. Tel:+44-(0)20-7395-0600; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.alcs.co.uk
2. ALCS RESEARCH: See www.alcs.co.uk got to News & Events & highlight What are Words Worth?
SOURCE Authors' Licensing & Collecting Society
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