Respect Your Elders: UK Film & TV Could Access 35,000 More Workers By Retaining Staff Aged Over 50, Claims Paper

A new paper claims the British film and TV industry can combat a growing skill shortage by improving the retention of employees aged 50+. Film and TV Charity During the current production boom, older, experienced workers can make a “larger contribution” to meeting industry needs, the study said.

Its paper, ‘Absent Friends: Scaling the Film and TV Industry’s Retention Problem’, compared the age distribution of workers in film and TV with that of the UK-wide workforce, and found that retaining an additional 35,000 employees would be less than the current age. imbalance can be reduced. industry.

“With the increasing demand for talent, the film and TV industry needs to understand retention as a problem,” said Alex Pumpfrey, CEO of the film and TV charity. “Our Looking Glass research has already shown that long working hours, highly pressurized environments, and the difficulty of combining family life with work lead to poor well-being, contribute to a lack of inclusion, and It ultimately leads people to vote on their feet and leave the industry.”

Reports come as the UK TV and film sector crumbles under the weight of productions in the country as streamers and broadcasters push deeper and deeper into original content shot in the country and the industry recovers from pandemic-related delays. With tax relief in the production of many high-end shows and films, companies are fighting to secure skilled workers from increasingly smaller pots.

This is where hiring and retaining older employees can reduce the burden.

“The traditional approach is to recruit more new young workers, but if the pipeline of talent behind the scenes is already leaking, we are all rushing to stand up. To retain its old, skilled workforce, the industry must There is a need to find ways to make production situations more inclusive and helpful for work-life balance and well-being,” Pumpfrey said.

The film and TV charity also recently launched the 2022 Looking Glass Survey to track mental health and wellbeing in film, TV and cinema and help improve the way people work. This survey is live till 18th July.