Business buoyant, but Brexit still a worry – latest research

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Business in UK screen is buoyant but industry remains concerned about Brexit and the limited availability of skilled workers, according to the latest ScreenSkills Barometer – the snapshot survey of the state of the workforce.

The latest quarter showed the screen industries continue to outperform the service sector as a whole over the last two years and high-end TV production is at its highest level since the tax credit was introduced.

More than a third of respondents said the business activity had increased in the last quarter and another 44% perceived it as staying constant.

However, growing domestic and international demand contributed to nearly two-thirds (64%) of those surveyed believing it was difficult to recruit in a wide range of job roles. Of those reporting recruitment difficulties, skills shortages were a serious or very serious problem for more than half.

Managerial and leadership skills gaps continue to be the biggest worry with other areas of concern including financial skills and the ability to work to a budget and project management, planning and organizational skills.

Increased demand, new commissions, the relocation of parts of Channel 4 to Leeds and the launch of the Young Audiences Content Fund were identified as positive factors likely to affect the industry in the next quarter, with 44% of respondents optimistic about future growth.

Brexit, the availability of skilled workers and studio/stage capacity were the factors thought likely to have a negative impact on the sector’s short-term prospects.

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