Screen Australia has added to its Get the Picture web site new statistics on employment in the audiovisual industries from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Census of Population and Housing, which make an interesting comparison with equivalent data collected in the UK by Skillset (e.g. the Survey of the Audio Visual Industries Workforce 2005).
The new data set provides a time-series from 1971 to 2006, with overviews by state, gender, qualification, country of birth, income and occupation. The audiovisual industries include film and video production and post-production services, film and video distribution, film exhibition, television broadcasting, video hire and other audiovisual categories.
Key findings, taken from the GTP web site, are as follows:
- There were 45,088 people employed in the audiovisual industries in Australia in 2006.
- Women make up 48 per cent of employees in audiovisual industries overall.
- Men are much more likely than women to earn an income in the highest bracket, and much less likely to earn an income in the lowest bracket.
- More than three-quarters of this workforce was located in three states: 42% in New South Wales, 24% in Victoria and 16% in Queensland.
- NSW has the highest number of employees in each of the audiovisual industries, including almost half of those in the film and video production and post-production services and television broadcasting industries, and 59 per cent of those in film and video distribution.
- Television broadcasting continues to be the largest audiovisual employer in all states and territories except Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, where it has been overtaken by the video hire industry.
- Television broadcasting has the largest proportion of workers in the top income bracket (Aus $67,600 or more). Predictably, the industries with significant numbers of part-time workers – film exhibition and video hire – have the highest proportions of people in the lowest income bracket (less than Aus $20,800).
- The proportion of people in audiovisual industries with a Bachelor's degree or higher has steadily increased, from 16 per cent in 1996 to 24 per cent in 2006. About one in five people identified themselves as having other qualifications, while around half indicated they had no formal qualifications.
- The proportion of people of Australian origin in the audiovisual industries was above that of the overall Australian workforce. Eighty per cent of people working in audiovisual industries identified Australia as their country of birth, six per cent were from the United Kingdom and Ireland and four per cent from Asia.