This week (11 – 17 November 2019) is Living Wage Week and, as an accredited Living Wage Employer, the Fringe Society is joining in the celebrations. We’re committed to paying all our staff – both seasonal and permanent – the Living Wage or higher, as well as ensuring we have a positive work culture (such as by creating employee feedback forums).

We’re proud to be a Disability Confident Employer, and we aim to successfully employ and retain disabled people and people with health conditions. As part of this commitment, we offer a guaranteed interview to all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our advertised roles.

We recognise that people’s individual circumstances impact their day-to-day availability, so we encourage open discussions around flexible working where suitable. 

We’ve stopped asking questions about spent criminal convictions on our application forms, removing barriers to employment.

We’re committed to providing a working environment where employees are able to realise their full potential and contribute to making the Fringe the world’s greatest celebration of arts and culture, irrespective of their gender, gender reassignment, race, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, part-time status, age, religion, beliefs, politics or trade union membership. We ask all of our employees to support these values too.

Fringe venues and organisations are run independently of the Fringe Society, and as such they’re in charge of their own recruitment and employment practices. That doesn’t mean we’re not involved with them, though. In addition to our close relationships with venues, we work with unions and volunteering organisations such as Equity, BECTU and Volunteer Edinburgh to promote fair working practices at the Fringe. We’ve established best practice codes for Fringe venues and companies, and we offer support and guidance to all Fringe participants and workers, including mediation and mental health support. 

The Fringe Society exists to support everyone who works at the Fringe, both inside the Society and out.