Workforce Mapping

ARA has been working with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) on a Workforce Mapping Project which has been undertaken by Edinburgh Napier University. The aim is to gain knowledge about the UK's libraries, archives, records, information and knowledge sectors.

There are about 270,000 people in the UK working in these sectors but currently a clear profile of the workforce does not exist until now.  The survey has now been completed and the results can be found in the Executive Summary below.         

  • Read the Executive Summary here.


This report presents the findings of a study to map the Library, Archives, Records, Information Management, and Knowledge Management professions in the UK. It was commissioned in 2014 by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and the Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland) (ARA) and completed in 2015.


News release November 2015

Landmark UK information workforce survey reveals ongoing gender pay gap

First comprehensive, national study of workers in the library, archives, records, information and knowledge management domains also identifies low ethnic, gender and age diversity. Read more...........