Booming UK film industry threatened by skill shortages, finds new report

According to a report, in order to keep up with expansion, Britain’s expanding film industry will need tens of thousands of personnel in the upcoming years.

According to a report by ScreenSkills, the UK‘s industry-led skills organization for the screen industries, high-end film, and television production could be worth roughly eight billion pounds in the UK by 2025 if the sector can find 21,000 additional workers.

Within three years, between 15,130 and 20,770 extra workers will be needed to keep up with demand, which will also necessitate an investment of almost 100 million pounds in training.

The report’s authors predict that between 2022 and 2025, the UK’s film and television business would increase on average 7.3 percent annually.

Seetha Kumar, CEO of ScreenSkills, said, “The film and television industry is one of the UK’s great success stories and we need to work together to preserve it that way.”

Growing the workforce will make sure that the nation fully benefits from the anticipated increase in manufacturing costs.

The analysis found that by 2025, training current and new employees will require an annual investment of £95.1 million (€110 million) to £104.3 million (€121 million).

The report referred to this incentive as “compelling” and stated that the expected economic return is greater than 15 times the expenditure made on the training.

The analysis estimates that by 2025, spending in the UK film industry will total between £7.07 and £7.66 billion (€8.24 and €8.93 billion).

In the UK alone, the sector now supports 122,000 full-time jobs.

Anita Overland, producer, and chair of the ScreenSkills Film Skills Council, said, “It is crucial that films of every scale and budget have the correct people for those productions. It is useful to anticipate what is going to happen in the next few years.”

The author said, “This [study] is a reminder of how much more effort is needed, both in terms of resources and opportunities for workers to learn on the job.

In addition to staffing difficulties, the researchers noted that studio space is a problem.

It did warn that this increased stage capacity might go mostly unused if there isn’t a rise in the number of qualified personnel available.

By 2025, an additional stage area of little under 2.7 million square feet (250,000 square metres) will be accessible.

According to Ben Roberts, chief executive of the British Film Institute, “in terms of studio real estate, we’re currently bigger than Hollywood,” the UK film industry is currently in a “golden age.”

Related

We were a cottage industry before, but today we compete with manufacturers.

The likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, and Disney + are all spending billions of dollars and constructing new studios in the nation.

Netflix is expanding its studio space in Shepperton, where Jeff Bezos’s Amazon Prime Video has also inked a multi-million dollar deal and has promised to spend £1 billion annually on UK films.

Fast X from Universal, Barbie from Warner Bros., and Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two from Paramount are some of the major films currently being produced in the UK.

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