Working in Film

The success of the UK film industry depends on its ability to seek out and retain individuals with a wide range of skills and talent. Employers can contribute to this success by offering equal and open access to employment, fair treatment, and support to everyone who contributes to their business.

Because of the freelance and competitive nature of much of the film industry, employers may have less long-term commitment to their workers than in other sectors. Recruitment, pay and staff management practices can exclude people from certain groups, such as those with disabilities, women, people from minority ethnic groups, senior practitioners and anyone who can’t afford to take a job with low or no pay.

Legislation exists to tackle some of these inequalities. But good employment practice isn’t just about complying with the law. This section contains information and advice for employers, employees and freelance professionals:

  • Top tips for employers – key points on employment and staff management.
  • Links – sources of further information.
  • Employment law – practical advice on employment best practice and a summary of your legal rights and obligations.
  • Freelance workers – highlights the information most relevant to to freelancers.
  • Breaking into film – offers advice to people wanting to enter the industry.
  • Professional development and mentoring – explains how those with experience in the industry can develop their own skills and pass on their knowledge to a new generation.
  • Good practice gallery – examples of good practice in the film industry.
  • Diversity in the workforce – highlights some key facts about diversity in the film industry.