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EMPLOYMENT

Census of Population and Housing

The 2001 Census of Population and Housing collected employment data relating to the job in which a person worked the most hours during the week before the Census.


According to the Census, almost 30,000 people were employed in Film and Video industries in August 2001. There were 10,804 people working in video hire outlets, 10,070 people working in cinemas and drive-ins, 7,693 people producing films and videos and another 1,059 distributing them.

16.12 PERCENTAGE OF PERSONS EMPLOYED IN CULTURAL OCCUPATIONS(a), By Film and Video Industries - August 2001
Graph: 16.12 PERCENTAGE OF PERSONS EMPLOYED IN CULTURAL OCCUPATIONS(a), By Film and Video Industries—August 2001


16.13 PERSONS EMPLOYED IN FILM AND VIDEO INDUSTRIES(a), By occupation - August 2001

Number
%

Film and video production
Managers and administrators
Media producers
1 107
14.4
Other managers and administrators
548
7.1
Professionals and associated professionals
Directors (film, television, radio and stage)
589
7.7
Film and video editors
477
6.2
Film, television, radio and stage directors n.e.c.
473
6.1
Graphic designers
224
2.9
Illustrators
200
2.6
Directors of photography
127
1.7
Actors
98
1.3
Authors
86
1.1
Other professionals and associate professionals
1 203
15.6
Tradespersons and related workers
Production assistants (film, television and radio)
254
3.3
Performing arts support worker n.e.c.
209
2.7
Camera operators (film, television and video)
325
4.2
Sound technicians
148
1.9
Other tradespersons and related workers
408
5.3
Other (includes not stated)
1 217
15.8
Total Film and Video Production occupations
7 693
100.0
Film and video distribution
Managers and administrators
189
17.8
Professionals and associated professionals
320
30.2
Tradespersons and related workers
54
5.1
Sales assistants
124
11.7
Other (includes not stated)
372
35.1
Total Film and Video Distribution occupations
1 059
100.0
Motion picture exhibition
Managers and administrators
Sales and marketing managers
111
1.1
General managers
94
0.9
Media producers and artist directors
72
0.7
Other managers and administrators
280
2.8
Professionals and associated professionals
Theatre and cinema managers
839
8.3
Directors (film, television, radio and stage)
96
1.0
Other professionals and associate professionals
1 278
12.7
Tradespersons and related workers
Motion picture projectionists
846
8.4
Other tradespersons and related workers
369
3.7
Ticket collectors and ushers
1 624
16.1
Sales assistants
1 105
11.0
Ticket sellers
907
9.0
Other (includes not stated)
2 451
24.3
Total Motion Picture Exhibition occupations
10 070
100.0
Video hire
Sales assistants
6 369
60.0
Shop managers
2 358
22.2
Professionals and associated professionals
416
3.9
Managers and administrators
260
2.5
Other (includes not stated)
1 401
11.4
Total Video Hire occupations
10 610
100.0
Total Film and Video Industries
29 432
. .

. . not applicable
(a) In their main job in the week before Census Night.
ABS, Census of Population and Housing, 2001, data avilable on request.


Work Survey

Additional data on employment in Film and Video Industries were collected through the 2001 Survey of Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities, which reported that 61,300 people had a work involvement in either film production or cinema and video distribution in the 12 months to April 2001. Unlike the Census of Population and Housing, the 'Work survey' collects more than just 'main job' activity. See Chapter 5 for more details on the differences between the data collections.


Just over half of those involved in cinema and video distribution (57%) were paid for their labours, as were slightly less than half (46%) of those involved in film production.

16.14 PERSONS INVOLVED IN FILM AND VIDEO(a), By payment status - 12 months ending April 2001

Activity
Some paid involvement
Unpaid involvement only
Total

NUMBER ('000)

Film production
20.4
24.0
44.4
Cinema and video distribution
*11.4
*8.7
20.1
Total(b)
29.4
31.9
61.3

PER CENT (%)

Film production
46.0
54.0
100.0
Cinema and video distribution
*56.6
*43.4
100.0
Total
47.9
52.1
100.0

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
(a) Excludes people whose only involvement was in a hobby capacity.
(b) The total is less than the sum of the components, as some people were involved in both activities.
ABS, Survey of Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities, April 2001, data available on request.


Service Industry Surveys

A third perspective on employment in this sector can be obtained from the results of the 2002-03 ABS Television, Film and Video Production Survey and the 1999-2000 ABS Service Industry Surveys. According to these surveys, the number of employees in film and video production businesses increased by an annual average of 2.6%, from 15,195 in June 2000 to 16,427 in June 2003.


When making comparisons between the various sources of employment data for this sector it is important to take into consideration the differing scope and reference periods of the respective surveys.

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