Career Progression within the Film Industry
Sargent-Disc, specialists in payroll, accounting and software services for the UK film industry, have undertaken a statistical analysis looking at the representation of the youngest and oldest members of the industry across a range of production departments in the UK.
It has some interesting findings:
Where to start?
Over the three years of the sample, the departments with the highest number of 16 – 20 year old employees are construction, props and the production office. Over half of 16-20 year olds start their careers in the construction and props departments.
The largest proportion of the 20 – 30 age group, work in the production office, with others working particularly in the art department, camera department, direction and costume.
The construction and props departments appear to offer good long term employment prospects, as along with the transport department, they have the highest proportion of over 60s.
It is noticeable that after 30, few people remain in the production office. This suggests that the production office is a good initial place to learn about production, before moving into other departments, such as the locations department.
An aging workforce?
There seems to be a shift towards an older workforce, and one that is working longer. The 16 – 20 age group also grew in proportion to the workforce as a whole, which may reflect an increased emphasis on vocational training and apprenticeships in the UK film industry.
The youngest members of the workforce often enter the industry in unskilled and manual roles, in construction, props and in the production office. It seems that construction and props offer more stability, a ‘job for life’, yet with returns that are amongst the lowest for the over 60s. The production office remains very attractive to young people, to ‘learn the ropes’, and although few older people tend to work here, the financial rewards are significant.
The full article, with interactive charts can be found here.