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22.1 The workforce According to the Annual Population Survey (APS) conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), over 66,000 people worked in film and video production and distribution, and film exhibition in the year 2013 (Oct 2012-Sep 2013). The figures include full- and part-time workers. Table 22.1 shows the breakdown. Table 22.1 Film industry workforce, 2013 Sector Number in employment Film and video production 42,000 Film and video distribution 6,000 Film exhibition 18,000 Total 66,000 Source: Office for National Statistics Annual Population Survey Notes: Numbers in employment are taken from the Annual Population Survey for the period October 2012 to September 2013. Figures are shown to the nearest 1,000. People in employment include individuals aged 16 or over who undertook paid work (as an employee or self-employed), those who had a job that they were temporarily away from, those on government-supported training and employment programmes, and those doing unpaid family work. Changes to Labour Force Survey estimates presented in the Yearbook Previous editions of the Yearbook have shown estimates of employment in the film industry based on results from the quarterly Labour Force Survey (LFS). For each year the average of four quarters’ data were shown. These four-quarter averages are no longer available from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), so the figures for 2013 presented here are from the Annual Population Survey (APS), which is an annualised version of the LFS. The APS results are based on a larger sample which will result in an increase in precision of the estimates. Also, in previous editions we have shown employment data back to 1996 with a break in the series between 2006 and 2007 due to changes in the Standard Industrial Classifications. In the present chapter we show data back to 2007 all based on the current classifications. As Figure 22.1 shows, employment levels in film and video distribution and film exhibition increased slightly between 2007 and 2013 but employment in film and video production showed a sharp increase between 2009 and 2011, from 26,000 to 51,000. It then decreased from this peak to 46,000 in 2012 and 42,000 in 2013. Chapter 22: Employment in the film industry – 233 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Image: The Invisible Woman courtesy of Lionsgate Films


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