In line with its objective to support the industry and to provide factual data that can be utilised to further the sector, the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) is conducting an Employment Census to assess the industry's ability to create employment opportunities in the Province.

This follows on from previous research which looked at ascertaining the size and scope of the film and TV industry.

Explaining the rationale behind the research, which will be carried out by Quest Research Service, an experienced and independent research agency, GFC Research Manager, Sebastian Siseko Ndayi, says: "We are looking to get a quantifiable indication of the nature and scope of both direct and indirect employment opportunities that have been created in the film and TV industry in Gauteng, as well as to get a sense of job losses as a result of the current global financial crisis, coupled with the financial challenges affecting our national broadcaster. Further, we wish to report on the representation of women and disabled people in the industry, to ascertain the number of black owned companies as well as report broadly on trends pertaining to the skills required by the industry."

Quest Research Services, who are currently in the process of designing the appropriate questionnaire for undertaking the census, proposed the census be conducted quantitatively, using Computer Aided Telephonic Interviews (CATI).

The GFC calls on the industry to co-operate in ensuring a successful study through availing themselves when contacted telephonically by Quest. "We have taken into account the limited time and demanding deadlines associated with our industry, and have structured the questionnaire to be as brief as possible while still enabling us to obtain the relevant information," explains Ndayi.

He adds that the GFC anticipates reporting back to the industry on the census findings in November this year, provided that industry players are willing and available to offer the required information timeously. Those requiring more details are welcome to contact Ndayi at +27 (0)11 833 0409 or via email at Sebastian@gautengfilm.org.za.