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Employment in the film and video production and post-production services industry, 1971–2006 and 1993/94–2006/07

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There were 13,844 people employed by film and video production and post-production services businesses at the end of June 2007, according to the Australian Bureau Statistics Service Industry Survey. Of these, 10,873 were in production businesses and 2,971 in post-production businesses. This was significantly fewer than 2003.

For the first time, in 2006/07 the ABS took significant non-employing businesses into account, which made up 77.3 per cent of the total number of working proprietors and partners. The ABS also presented data on salaried directors separately; previously, these employees were included in the full-time, part-time and casual categories, which makes historical comparisons problematic.

In 2006/07, not including salaried directors, 31.9 per cent of employees were permanent full-time, while 46.6 per cent were part-time and casual. However, the pattern varies considerably between sectors: permanent full-time employees comprise only 25.5 per cent of production services staff but 55.4 per cent of those in post-production services. The proportion of female employees has fallen slightly overall to 37.9 per cent.

Graph: Proportion employed as of June 2007. Table following provides the data.

2006/07: Number employed as of June 2007

  No. employed Proportion of total
Men Women People Men Women People
Total employment 8,591 5,253 13,844 100% 100% 100%
Proportion men/women3 62.1% 37.9%    
Working proprietors and partners1 ^439 *117 ^556 5.1% 2.2% 4.0%
Employees  
Salaried directors of incorporated businesses2 1,680 ^736 2,417 19.6% 14.0% 17.5%
Permanent full-time 2,685 1,729 4,414 31.3% 32.9% 31.9%
Permanent part-time *308 ^483 ^791 3.6% 9.2% 5.7%
Casual/temporary ^3,479 ^2,187 ^5,667 40.5% 41.6% 40.9%
Total employees 8,153 5,136 13,289 94.9% 97.8% 96.0%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Television, Film and Video Production and Post-production Services, 2006/07 (cat. no. 8679.0).

Notes:
^ Estimate has a relative standard error of 10–25 per cent and should be used with caution.
* Estimate has a relative standard error of 25–50 per cent and should be used with caution.
1. Includes significant non-employing businesses for the first time: see About the data.
2. Salaried directors reported separately for the first time in 2006/07; previously reported within full-time, part-time and casual categories.
3. Screen Australia calculation based on ABS data.

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2002/03: Number employed as of June 2003

  No. employed Proportion of total
Men Women People Men Women People
Total employment 9,873 6,544 16,427 100% 100% 100%
Revised total1     r16,360      
Proportion men/women2 60.1% 39.9%    
Working proprietors and partners ^66 ^45 ^111 0.7% 0.7% 0.7%
Employees
Permanent full-time 4,165 2,620 6,785 42.2% 40.0% 41.3%
Permanent part-time 428 470 898 4.3% 7.2% 5.5%
Casual/temporary ^5,214 ^3,420 ^8,633 52.8% 52.2% 52.6%
Total employees 9,807 6,509 16,316 99.3% 99.3% 99.3%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Television, Film and Video Production, 2002/03 and Television, Film and Video Production and Post-production Services, 2006/07 (cat. no. 8679.0).

Notes:
^Estimate has a relative standard error of 10–25 per cent and should be used with caution.
1. In 2006/07 the ABS published a revised total employment figure for 2002/03: see About the data.
2. Screen Australia calculation based on ABS data.

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1999/00: Number employed as of June 2000

  No. employed Proportion of total
Men Women People Men Women People
Total employment 9,206 5,989 15,195 100% 100% 100%
Proportion men/women1 60.6% 39.4%    
Working proprietors and partners 58 29 86 0.6% 0.5% 0.6%
Employees
Permanent full-time 4,571 2,663 7,234 49.7% 44.5% 47.6%
Permanent part-time 263 509 772 2.9% 8.5% 5.1%
Casual/temporary 4,314 2,789 7,103 46.9% 46.6% 46.7%
Total employees 9,148 5,961 15,108 99.4% 99.5% 99.4%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Film and Video Production and Distribution, 1999/2000 (cat. no. 8679.0).

Notes:
1. Screen Australia calculation based on ABS data.

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1996/97: Number employed as of June 1997

  No. employed Proportion of total
Men Women People Men Women People
Total employment 5,440 3,998 9,438 100% 100% 100%
Revised total1     r9,591      
Proportion men/women2 57.6% 42.4%    
Working proprietors and partners 190 85 276 3.5% 2.1% 2.9%
Employees
Permanent full-time 3,196 2,466 5,662 58.8% 61.7% 60.0%
Permanent part-time/casual 2,054 1,446 3,500 37.8% 36.2% 37.1%
Total employees 5,250 3,912 9,162 96.5% 97.8% 97.1%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Film and Video Production and Distribution, 1996/97 and Film and Video Production and Distribution, 1999/00 (cat. no. 8679.0).

Notes:
1. In 1999/00 the ABS published a revised total employment figure for 1996/97.
2. Screen Australia calculation based on ABS data.

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1993/94: Number employed as of June 1994

  No. employed Proportion of total
Men Women People Men Women People
Total employment 3,428 2,570 5,998 100% 100% 100%
Proportion men/women1 57.2% 42.8%    
Working proprietors and partners 75 39 115 2.2% 1.5% 1.9%
Employees  
Permanent full-time n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Permanent part-time n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Casual/temporary n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Total employees 3,352 2,530 5,883 97.8% 98.4% 98.1%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Film and Video Production and Distribution, 1993/94 (cat. no. 8679.0).

Notes:
1. Screen Australia calculation based on ABS data.

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Labour costs comparison, 1993/94–2006/07

Labour costs, which include wages and salaries, may be another indicator of general employment trends in the film and video production and post-production industry. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Service Industry Surveys, these increased by 31.8 per cent between 2002/03 and 2006/07: see Business trends > Income and expenditure for data tables.

 

Graph: Labour costs comparison, 1993/94 to 2006/07. Supporting data can be found in the tables in the section for Income and expenditure (../mpallkeystats.html)

 

Notes:
In 1999/00, the ABS published a revised figure for 1996/97 for wages and salaries of $335.7 million (previously $328.1 million) but did not issue a revised figure for total labour costs. The original figure is used here.

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Census comparison, 1971–2006

Census data provides another view of employment in the film and video production and post-production services industry. It is based on individuals answering questions about their main job in the week preceding Census night, with a person allocated to a particular industry based on the industry classification of the employer. This data indicates consistent growth from 1971 to 1996. The 2006 Census reported 7,362 employed in the production sector and 899 in the post-production sector. See Employment trends for more details.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Censuses of Population and Housing, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006.

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