That’s the conclusion Screenskills have come to in their latest report on the state of employment in our industry, which reveals there are acute shortages of suitably skilled workers in various unscripted TV roles.
This may come as a surprise to you if you are are struggling for work but the report concludes that the hardest-to-fill roles are production coordinator, production manager, editor and series producer, although other grades have shortages too.
It’s a report that is well worth reading, albeit the chances of anything changing to improve the situation feel somewhat remote, given the current governmental attacks on the BBC, historically the biggest trainer of them all. There is also something systemically dysfunctional in an industry which requires skilled workers but is based on short term hiring, tight budgets and no incentive for individual companies to make the investment in workers who may well be gone the next day.
Time for some joined-up thinking between broadcasters, producers and trainers.