18th March 2019
The high-end television production boom is causing burnout among workers working without breaks between jobs and encouraging workers to step into more senior roles too soon, according to new research.
A lack of available crew and skills gaps remain the key challenges for high-end television production in the UK.
The findings were the results of qualitative and quantitative interviews conducted for ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund which invests industry contributions in skills and training for high-end TV production.
Summary of key findings:
Kaye Elliott, Director of High-end Television, said: “The downside to the positive production figures are the reports of burnout as people take on work while it is available, but are reluctant to take a proper break between jobs. It is also bad for productions and for the individuals concerned if a lack of enough skilled workers means people step into more senior roles before they are ready, adding pressure to the whole crew.
“Both consequences make it even more pressing that we act to increase the pool of skilled workers in the UK. Industry also need to consider how to offer more training opportunities on the job to enable crew to upskill in a supported way. The increase in the cap on industry contributions to the High-end TV Skills Fund is a positive step to help boost skills and training when it comes on line next month. But it will need to be accompanied by some collaborative thinking on best practice by the industry if we are to grow and develop the workforce the UK is famous for.”
The research, which was conducted for the High-end TV Skills Council by Profundo Consulting, is a follow-up to research into the challenges facing high-end television production carried out in 2017.
Download the full report here (PDF)
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