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People employed

Employment in the digital game development industry, by sex and role, as at June 2007

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There were 1,431 people employed by Australian digital game development businesses at the end of June 2007. The majority were permanent full-time employees (92.6 per cent). Men accounted for 89.2 per cent of the total. There were just three women among the 48 working proprietors, partners and salaried directors.

There were more people employed as artists and animators than any other category (34.3 per cent), followed by programmers (29.1 per cent).

Number employed

  No. employed Proportion of total
Men Women Total Men Women Total
Total employment 1,277 154 1,431 100% 100% 100%
Proportion men/women 89.2% 10.8%    
Working proprietors, partners and salaried directors 45 3 48 3.5% 1.9% 3.4%
Employees1
Permanent full-time 1,188 137 1,325 93.0% 89.0% 92.6%
Permanent part-time 15 7 22 1.2% 4.5% 1.5%
Casuals 29 7 36 2.3% 4.5% 2.5%
Total employees 1,232 151 1,383 96.5% 98.1% 96.6%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Digital Game Development Services Australia 2006/07 (cat. no. 8515.0).

Notes:
Data is drawn from the first Service Industry Survey (SIS) of the digital game development industry by the ABS, published in 2008. Includes all Australian businesses that generated income predominantly from the development of digital games for a range of formats that includes, but is not limited to, major consoles, handheld computers, personal computers and mobile phones.
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
1. All employees on the payroll for the last pay period ending in June 2007, excluding salaried directors of incorporated businesses. Non-salaried directors, subcontractors, consultants, persons paid solely by commission without a retainer are also excluded. Full-time employees work 35 hours or more per week and are entitled to paid leave. Part-time employees work less than 35 hours per week and are entitled to paid leave. Casual employees are not entitled to paid leave.

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Employment by role and residential status

  No. employed Proportion of total
Australian residents Non-
residents
Total Australian residents Non-
residents
Total
Total 1,344 87 1,431 100% 100% 100%
Managerial/admin./clerical 206 6 212 15.3% 6.9% 14.8%
Designers 125 11 136 9.3% 12.6% 9.5%
Artists and animators 455 36 491 33.9% 41.4% 34.3%
Programmers 387 30 417 28.8% 34.5% 29.1%
Audio technicians n.p. n.p. 26 n.p. n.p. 1.8%
Technical support n.p. n.p. 33 n.p. n.p. 2.3%
Quality assurance n.p. n.p. 105 n.p. n.p. 7.3%
Other1 n.p. n.p. 11 n.p. n.p. 0.8%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Digital Game Development Services Australia 2006/07 (cat. no. 8515.0).

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.

n.p. Not available for publication but included in totals where applicable.
1. Individuals not categorised elsewhere, such as sales and marketing staff.

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