Screen Industry - Employment by industry sector 2005–2018

Stats NZ


Producing and Contracting are two halves of the production and post-production sector.
Number of people: The number is an exclusive weighted count of people who worked in the industry. Where a person worked in more than one sector, they were allocated to the one from which they drew their greatest source of income.
Number of jobs: The count of jobs is calculated from weighted data. The number of jobs in the screen industry differs from the number of people employed, as people may hold multiple jobs within the industry.
This data is from an experimental series linking Screen Industry Survey populations with Linked Employer-Employee Data.


Production: All work leading up to and including filming. This includes development, pre-production, and principal photography.
Post-Production: All activities involved in putting together scenes to make a production complete; for example editing, duplication, visual effects, and audio.
Broadcasting: The distribution of works through media such as television or the internet.
Distribution: The process of delivering the completed work for display to the public market. This includes marketing the work.
Exhibition: The display of a completed work to the public at pre-set locations, such as cinemas or museum displays.

Producing activity: Business activity on a work for which the business has end-to-end responsibility. This does not preclude the business contracting aspects of the overall production to other businesses.
Contracting activity: Activity that contributes to a work for which another business has production responsibility. This includes the contracted supply of services related to any aspect of production or post-production activity. It also includes the contracted supply of industry-specific equipment or facilities. A business may undertake both contracting and producing activities in a single year.

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Limitations of the data

This survey does not account for the relationships between businesses in the industry. In an industry with many contracting and sub-contracting relationships there is a high likelihood of double counting in the totals.

Changes to data collection/processing

A new sampling methodology was implemented for the first time in 2018. This was designed to decrease burden on respondents by stratifying the sample based on 5 broad regions (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, North Island and South Island) and total gross revenue in Production and Post-production sectors. The intended accuracy of 2.5 percent was used to select a reduced sample size of 636 units.

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Stats NZ

Dataset name

Screen Industry: Employment data 2017/18


How to find the data

At URL provided, select 'Screen industry employment data: 2017/18' from the Download Data section.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Screen Industry: Employment data 2017/18

From the dataset Screen Industry: Employment data 2017/18, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: 1
  • Range: B10:L41
  • Provided: 168 data points

Dataset originally released on:

December 07, 2020

About this dataset

The Screen Industry Survey measures the size and shape of the New Zealand screen industry, and the range of activities involved in it. The survey is a census of all businesses and individuals within the target population, which is defined as all economically significant New Zealand businesses involved in any screen industry activity. The activities include film and television production, post-production services, motion picture distribution, film exhibition, and television broadcasting.
The data in this release is an update to that published in Screen industry 2017/18. It uses data from an experimental series linking screen industry survey populations with linked employer-employee data.
Stats NZ is currently investigating more timely indicators of employment activity by industry.

Purpose of collection

The purpose of the survey is to construct a set of comprehensive, official statistics on the New Zealand screen industry. The data collected will assist the development of government funding and legislation, and enable policy implementation to be monitored over time. The data also enables industry bodies, such as Film New Zealand, to promote the New Zealand screen industry to international markets.