The study by Teela Sanders and Kate Hardy from Leeds University warns of "de-skilling" across the industry. Dr Sanders said many dancers had "never even used a pole".
Researchers carried out a survey of 200 lap dancers, the largest study of its kind in the UK, it was reported.
Dr Sanders said there had been a "real change" to the "aesthetics of the dancers" as well as "the skills of flirting and chatting".I have not read the study, but I gather from the comments at MR (see hat tip) the problem is an influx of new “talent” from the ranks of the previously employed elsewhere.
I used to work with people that work in the evening as bouncers at these clubs. They are not a happy environment. The typical club in the United States (and in the U.K. per the article) works a little like a beauty parlor – the service provider pays a “rent” to work, and keeps any overage on tips, drink splits, etcetera.
Also knowing an finance type who did an informal survey of the market, the money earned is pretty much in line with the typical performers education level – and this was before the current downturn. As with many entertainers, a very small percentage (the headline acts) draw a disproportionally large percentage of the industry income.