UK TV & film workers increasingly jobless

The Hollywood strikes are starting to hit the UK, showing what a volatile job market the TV and film industry is. According to a survey, 75% of a broadcasting union’s members declared not to be working. The freelancers are out of job because most Hollywood productions in the UK are made with American actors who are refusing to work.

A quote from the head of the union includes:

The number of freelancers questioning their future in the industry should sound alarm bells. For too long we have seen a pattern of engaging crew where they are picked up and dropped again with little notice, protection or reassurances about future employment.

This hardly seems to be a case for inward investment in more studio space in the UK, does it?