Screen Skills Ireland Future Skill Needs

10 March 2020 

The Screen industry is a major contributor to the Irish economy. The audiovisual sectors generated just over €1 billion in Gross Value Add ( GVA) for the Irish economy in 2016 and supported 16,930 full-time equivalents of which 10,560 was in direct employment. (Olsberg SPI, 2017). Production activity includes a small number of large budget productions and a large number of small to medium budget productions (Screen Producers Ireland , 2019).

In April 2019, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht issued new guidelines on Section 481, the Irish tax credit for the film, television and animation industry. Section 481 is a crucial component in the funding mix available to Irish producers. In April 2019, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht issued new guidelines on Section 481, the Irish tax credit for the film, television and animation industry. Section 481 is a crucial component in the funding mix available to Irish producers.

In 2018, Screen Skills Ireland committed to undertake a Skills Needs Analysis across live-action, animation and the television productions sectors. Following on from that process, Screen Skills Ireland carried out another Skills Needs Analysis in 2019 to further evaluate the sector in terms of identifying the skills needs and potential gaps in the sector.

The report identified both Limerick and Galway as potential employment growth areas while there was universal agreement that co-ordinated upskilling at under graduate and post graduate level was required to ensure the future sustainability of the sector.

The finding of the report can be read by clicking here