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Contents >> 5.0 Employment and Voluntary Work - Introduction >> 5.4 Service Industries Survey

SERVICE INDUSTRY SURVEYS

The Service Industry Surveys collect information from employers in selected cultural industries. Table 5.8 displays the number of employees in these industries. Care must be taken when interpreting these figures as different industries were surveyed in different years.


Of the industries surveyed in 2002-03, the largest employers were Film and video production (16,427 people) and Public libraries (12,471 people). Data from 1999-2000 show that the Video hire and Motion picture exhibition industries also employed large numbers of people, although they predominantly worked part-time or as casuals.

5.8 PERSONS EMPLOYED IN SELECTED CULTURAL INDUSTRIES

Year
Full-time
Part-time
and casual
Total

Film and video production
2002-03
6 785
9 531
(a)16 427
Film and video distribution
1999-00
1 059
366
1 426
Motion picture exhibition
1999-00
1 196
8 026
(a)9,282
Television services(b)
Commercial free-to-air
2002-03
na
na
6 577
Pay television
2002-03
na
na
2 517
Music and theatre productions
2002-03
3 101
4 460
(a)7 842
Performing arts venues
1999-00
1 451
3 698
5 149
Other services to the arts
Festivals
2002-03
345
927
1 272
Libraries(c)
Public libraries
2003-04
5 889
6 583
12 471
Archives
2003-04
na
na
811
Art and other museums
2003-04
4 291
3 252
(a)7 543
Video hire
1999-00
2 026
8 267
(a)11,034
Commercial art galleries
1999-00
389
586
1 409
Botanic gardens
1999-00
971
279
1 250

(a) Includes working proprietors and partners.
(b) Excludes public television broadcasters and community broadcasters.
(c) Excludes special libraries and libraries located in educational institutions.
Source: ABS, Service Industries Surveys, various publications, 1999-2000, 2002-03, 2003-04 (cat. nos. 8559.0, 8560.0, 8561.0, 8562.0, 8563.0, 8651.0, 8654.0, 8679.0, 8697.0).


Many cultural industries are run as commercial operations and are exclusively staffed by paid employees. A few industries, however, rely heavily on the assistance of volunteers. The Service Industries Surveys found that 20,443 volunteers helped in the running of museums during June 2004 which was just under three times the number of people with paid employment in the industry at that time. Similarly, 6,853 people undertook voluntary work for Libraries during June 2004, or about two volunteers for every five people employed.


Some 2,548 people worked as volunteers in Music and theatre productions in June 2003 again giving a ratio of about two volunteers for every five persons employed. The 1,272 paid staff working on 176 performing arts festivals (of 2 days or more duration) during 2002-03 received assistance from 15,728 volunteers.

5.9 VOLUNTEERS IN SELECTED CULTURAL INDUSTRIES - June 2003 and June 2004

Number

Music and theatre productions
2002-03
2 548
Festivals
2002-03
15 728
Public libraries
2003-04
(a)6 853
Art and other museums
2003-04
20 443

(a) Excludes special libraries and libraries located in educational institutions.
ABS, Service Industry Surveys, various publications, 2002-03 (cat. no. 8697.0) and 2003-04 (cat. nos. 8560.0 and 8561.0).


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