ScreenSkills welcomes strong production figures

ScreenSkills responds to new BFI figures announced today showing second highest spend on record for film and high-end television production in the UK and a new high for cinema admissions.

Seetha Kumar, chief executive of ScreenSkills, said: “The skilled workforce is one of the reasons why productions want to work in the UK. We are investing in training thousands of screen professionals - both bringing in new and more diverse recruits and boosting the skills of the existing workforce - to maintain our skills base and to meet industry needs.

We are investing in training thousands of screen professionals - both bringing in new and more diverse recruits and boosting the skills of the existing workforce

Seetha Kumar, CEO at ScreenSkills

“We will continue to work with the screen industries to identify areas where they most want support. In the last year this has included providing programmes in vital roles from production accountants to location managers. As the scale and ambition of productions continues to grow, we will respond to face any new challenges that emerge. Our new Skills Forecasting Service supports this work, which is why we have been encouraging employers to provide details of the current workforce in our Employer Survey.”

High-end television production spend in the UK reached £1.173 billion, a 4% increase on 2017 and the highest level since the introduction of the tax relief in 2013.

Film production reaches £1.924 billion, the second highest level on record. Early Man (pictured) was one of the films that contributed to a 12% box office market share for UK independent productions.

Combined, film and high-end TV production reached more than £3.1 billion.

There were 177 million cinema admissions for the UK and Republic of Ireland, a 3.7% increase on 2017.


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