20 October 2017

New BECTU Report Highlights Damaging Impact of Long Working Hours

A BECTU report into long hours in film and TV production is calling for an industry-wide commission to address a culture which is harming the industry.

Eyes Half Shut contains original research into long-hours of working in the UK film and TV industries and is now downloadable from the BECTU website. It reveals a shocking working culture, and a widespread belief in the industry that these practices are the result of poor management rather than any genuine business need.

The research reveals that:

– Depending on the department, between 61% and 75% or respondents believe that their heads of department need more training in people and management skills.
– Nearly 90% of respondents said that “working long hours had a negative effect on their family lives” with those over forty years of age affected the most.
– More than four out of five workers on films (and a similar number of TV workers) believe that the long-hours culture has an impact on their ability to do their jobs.
– More than nine out of ten shooting crew respondents to the survey reported that they had, at some time, felt unsafe at work, or travelling to and from work, because of tiredness.

BECTU is calling for an industry-wide commission to be made up of BECTU representatives and those from industry bodies including Pact and TV broadcasters. Add your name to their petition here.