Contribute to the High-end TV Skills Fund

When productions pay into the High-end TV Skills Fund, formerly known as the levy, they are supporting and investing in the longevity and quality of crew and talent for the UK's high-end TV industry. The fund applies to TV production costing £1 million or more per broadcast hour to produce.

The fund supports both training for new entrants and career development for those already working in high-end TV.  Contributing productions also get access to high-end TV programmes such as Trainee Finder and Make a Move.

As part of the consultations with the Government to secure high-end TV tax relief in 2013, representatives of the TV drama industry agreed to start a high-end TV levy. The intention was to create a sustainable skills funding legacy with funds raised supporting the next generation of high-end TV talent.

To achieve this, it was agreed that all high-end TV productions intending to take advantage of UK high-end TV tax relief would contribute to a skills levy fund, now known as the High-end TV Skills Fund, managed by ScreenSkills. 

ScreenSkills set up a High-end TV Council to help manage the fund and in 2017 added nine industry-led working groups. ScreenSkills' high-end TV team works closely with the council and working groups to ensure that all investment is industry-led. The council and working groups identify key training needs, set priorities and develop relevant training programmes.

Since the fund was established in July 2013, we have raised just over £17 million to support the growth of the high-end TV industry, that is, productions costing more than £1 million an hour to make. High-end TV productions paying into the fund have included The Crown, Small Axe, Succession, Sex Education, Avenue 5, The Witcher,
Hanna, Outlander, Des and Killing Eve.

The five major UK broadcasters support the skills fund on both in-house and commissioned productions, along with streamers including Netflix, Amazon, Apple and Warner Media.

To avoid confusion with the government's Apprenticeship Levy, which is compulsory for all companies with an annual wage bill of £3 million or more, it has been agreed to re-name the levy fund the High-end TV Skills Fund.

How are contributions to the fund calculated?

Eligible productions contribute 0.5% of their UK core expenditure (in sterling), up to a current maximum contribution of £58,200 (the cap increases each year in line with inflation plus 2%). Productions can take out up to 60% of the value of their Fund contribution from programmes offering direct return finance eg Trainee Finder. This is to ensure the Skills Fund has income to also invest in wider skills activity that benefits UK high-end TV industry growth.

High-end TV productions can choose to pay their contribution in full on the first day of principal photography or can opt to pay in two halves, on the first and last day of principal photography. The earlier you commit to contributing to the skills levy, the more opportunities your production could benefit from. Paying into the fund does not have to coincide with your application for tax credit.

If you are paying into the High-end TV Skills Fund for the first time and have any questions. please email: HETV@screenskills.com.

What is the fund used for?

The funds are invested across the UK in skills development for crew and talent with a focus on skills shortages as well as new entrants. All investment decisions are entirely industry led via our working groups, High-end TV Council and finance committee.

Currently, this investment is providing leadership and management training for heads of departments on Skills Fund-contributing productions.

To find out more about the work of the fund, take a look at some of our past and current programmes for new entrants or programmes for crew and talent, or take a look at some of our case studies from professionals who have benefited from ScreenSkills-supported training. Click the following links to download ScreenSkills' High-end TV Skills Fund booklet (PDF) or High-end TV Skills Fund 'The Story So Far' report (PDF) (published under the previous name of Creative Skillset).  

For more information about the High-end TV Skills Fund please email: HETV@screenskills.com.

2020/21 contributing productions

  • A Castle For Christmas
  • After Ever After
  • Angela Black
  • Awakening
  • Bloods
  • Code 404 S2
  • Danny Boy
  • Enslaved
  • Feel Good S2
  • Frank of Ireland
  • Grace
  • Intelligence S2
  • McDonald & Dodds S2
  • My Name Is Lizzie
  • Roald & Beatrix
  • Silent Witness S24
  • Suspicion
  • The Bremmer Files S4
  • The Majorca Files S2
  • The Pact
  • The Princess Switch: Switch Again
  • The Pursuit of Love
  • Too Close
  • Viewpoint
  • Worzel Gummidge S2

2019/20 contributing productions

  • A Christmas Carol
  • Ackley Bridge S3
  • Ackley Bridge S4
  • Adult Material
  • After Life S2
  • Alex Rider
  • All Creatures Great and Small
  • Avenue 5
  • Back S2
  • Baptiste S2
  • Behind Her Eyes
  • Belgravia
  • Black Narcissus
  • Bloodlands
  • Bloodmoon
  • Brassic S2
  • Bridgerton Project
  • Bulletproof S3
  • Cheaters
  • Clifton
  • Cold Feet S9
  • Criminal UK S2
  • Deadwater Fell
  • Death In Paradise S9
  • Departure
  • Des
  • Domina
  • Dynasties S2
  • Edens
  • Elizabeth Is Missing
  • Endeavour S7
  • FATE: The Winx Club Saga
  • Feel Good S1
  • Finding Alice
  • Flack S2
  • Flesh & Blood
  • Friday Night Dinner S6
  • Grantchester S5
  • Guilt
  • Hanna S2
  • Harlots S3
  • In The Long Run S2
  • Intelligence
  • Intergalactic
  • It's a Sin
  • January 22nd
  • Jingle Jangle
  • Killing Eve S3
  • Last Tango In Halifax
  • Liar S2
  • Life
  • Line of Duty S6
  • Little Birds
  • Majorca Files
  • Marcella S3
  • McDonald & Dodds
  • Our Girl S4
  • Outlander S5
  • Pennyworth S2
  • Planet Earth S3
  • Project Lisbon
  • Queens of Mystery
  • Quiz
  • Responsible Child
  • Riviera S3
  • Roadkill
  • Save Me S2
  • Sex Education S2
  • Sitting In Limbo
  • Small Axe
  • Strike: Lethal White
  • Succession S2Ted Lasso
  • The A Word S3
  • The Accident
  • The Bay S2
  • The Children
  • The Crown S4
  • The Deceived
  • The Duchess
  • The English Game
  • The Irregulars
  • The Last Kingdom S4
  • The Nest
  • The Nevers
  • The Offenders
  • The One
  • The Pale Horse
  • The Pembrokeshire Murders
  • The Power
  • The Salisbury Poisonings
  • The Serpent
  • The Sister
  • The Spanish Princess S2
  • The Watch
  • The Witcher S2
  • There She Goes S2
  • Third Day
  • Tin Star S3
  • Traces
  • Truth Seekers
  • Trying
  • Two Weeks To Live
  • Unforgotten S4
  • Universe
  • Us (Drama Republic)
  • Vera S10
  • Vigil
  • We Hunt Together
  • Wild Bill
  • Worzel Gummidge
  • Zomboat

2018/19 contributing productions

  • A Confession
  • ABC Murders
  • After Life
  • Anne
  • Baghdad Central
  • Bancroft S2
  • Baptiste
  • Beecham House
  • Black Mirror S5
  • Bounty Hunters S2
  • Brassic
  • Brexit: The Uncivil War
  • Britannia S2
  • Bulletproof S2
  • Call The Midwife S8
  • Call The Midwife S9
  • Catherine The Great
  • Cheat
  • Chernobyl
  • Click and Collect
  • Clique S2
  • Cobra
  • Code 404
  • Cursed
  • Dark Money
  • Dave Allen at Peace
  • Death and Nightingales
  • Death In Paradise S8
  • Deep Water
  • Defending The Guilty
  • Delicious S3
  • Derry Girls S2
  • Devs
  • Doctor Who S12
  • Doctor Who, Christmas 2017
  • Doctor Who, S11
  • Don’t Forget The Driver
  • Dracula
  • Endeavour S6
  • First Contact
  • Fleabag S2
  • Foreign Skies (Chimerica)
  • Frozen Planet
  • Gangs of London
  • Gentleman Jack
  • Giri/Haji
  • Gold Digger
  • Good Karma Hospital S3
  • Grantchester S4
  • Hanna
  • Happy AF
  • Hold The Sunset S2
  • Jamestown S3
  • Killing Eve S2
  • Krypton S2
  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Plants
  • Line Of Duty S5
  • Living The Dream S2
  • MotherFatherSon
  • Motherland S2
  • Mrs Wilson
  • Mum S3
  • Noughts & Crosses
  • Our Girl 17 18 19
  • Peaky Blinders S5
  • Pennyworth
  • Poldark S5
  • Pure
  • Riviera S2
  • Sanditon
  • Seven Worlds
  • Sex Education
  • Shetland S5
  • Sick of It S2
  • Silent Witness S22
  • Silent Witness S23
  • Sticks & Stones
  • Temple
  • The Barking Murders
  • The Bay
  • The Capture
  • The Crown S3
  • The Dublin Murders
  • The Durrells S4
  • The End Of The F***ing World S2
  • The Feed
  • The Goes Wrong Show
  • The Great
  • The Ice King
  • The Last Kingdom S3
  • The Midnight Gang
  • The One That Holds Everything
  • The Queen and I
  • The Rook
  • The Singapore Grip
  • The Spanish Princess
  • The Split S2
  • The Strangers
  • The Trial Of Christine Keeler
  • The Windsors Wedding Special
  • This Time With Alan Partridge
  • Timewasters S2
  • Top Boy
  • Torvill and Dean
  • Trigonometry
  • Trust Me S2
  • Turn Up Charlie
  • Vera S9
  • Victoria S3
  • Warren
  • Whitehouse Farm Murders
  • Wild Bill
  • World On Fire
  • Year Of The Rabbit
  • Years and Years

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