How to make flexible working work within the film and television industry

In 2022 Timewise and BECTU Vision came together to explore how flexible working could work on scripted productions, funded by Screen Scotland. You can read the report and findings by clicking here and download the PDF here.

The report highlighted that both crew and producers believe that addressing the length of the working day on productions would have the most impact on changing the industry, increasing retention, and minimising burnout. We are now developing a blueprint for how to create and deliver a shorter working hours production, supported by Screen Scotland and the Film and TV Charity, in collaboration with BBC Drama.

As part of this work, we will be creating 2 parallel shorter working hour budgets and schedules alongside productions filming in Scotland this summer – Shetland 8 and Vigil 2. To help us shape these, we need insight from crew across the UK who have experience working on scripted productions to assess how important working reduced hours is to you, what would it look like and what the trade-offs are.

If you are a crew member of scripted productions in the UK please complete the survey here. The survey will be open until midnight on Sunday 23rd April 2023.

The survey should take you no more than 10 minutes to complete and will provide us with critical insight to help shape how we move forward.

If you would like any more information about the survey or the work we are doing please contact

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