22.4 The scale of the workplace Tables 22.6 to 22.8 show the numbers of employees, by size of workplace for film and video production, film and video distribution and film exhibition. Employment Data The data in tables 22.6 to 22.8 are from the Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR), which is maintained by the Office for National Statistics. These data differ from the estimates shown in sections 22.1 and 22.3 which are based on the Labour Force Survey and Annual Population Survey (APS). The LFS and APS count the number of people employed whereas the IDBR, which is updated from administrative sources and from surveys of employers, includes numbers of jobs. The numbers of jobs and the numbers of people employed are not the same thing, and the data come from different sources, but the numbers arising from them should be similar. However, this is not always the case. The ONS has identified a number of reasons for differences between the estimates, but the two most important ones when looking at particular industry sub-sectors are likely to be sampling error arising from the small LFS/APS sample size at industry sub-sector level and the fact that there are two classification processes involved. In the LFS/APS, individuals are classified by industry depending on the industrial information they give, whereas in the IDBR the classification is based on companies’ activities. As people and companies often work across more than one industry (television and film, for example) this gives rise to unpredictable variations between the LFS/APS and the IDBR measures. In 2013, the film and video production sector had a very high number of workplaces with low numbers of employees. Workplaces with 1-10 employees accounted for 95% of all workplaces in the sector and nearly half of its total workforce (46%), as Table 22.6 shows. At the other end of the scale, there were a small number of workplaces with a high numbers of employees. The 65 workplaces with 50 or more employees accounted for nearly 8,800 employees, an average of 135 each. Table 22.6 Numbers of employees in film and video production by size of workplace for the UK, 2013 Workplace size band 238 – BFI Statistical Yearbook 2014 Number of workplaces in band % of total workplaces Number of employees in band % of total employees 50+ 65 0.8 8,789 31.0 11 – 49 315 4.0 6,483 22.9 1 – 10 7,485 95.2 13,089 46.2 Total 7,865 100.0 28,361 100.0 Source: Office for National Statistics Inter-Departmental Business Register Note: Percentages may not sum to 100 due to rounding.
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