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'You're Only as Good as Your Last Job: the Labour Process and Labour Market in the British Film Industry

Title'You're Only as Good as Your Last Job: the Labour Process and Labour Market in the British Film Industry
Publication TypeJournal Article
CountryUnited Kingdom
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsBlair, H.
Journal TitleWork, Employment and Society
Place PublishedLondon
Type of WorkJournal Article
1) Abstract

The paper argues that the operation and organisation of the film industry labour market cannot be understood independently of the management of labour within the labour process. Production company management set the context and targets of work (in terms of work scheduling, pay, and conditions) and departmental heads retain method autonomy and control the recruitment and performance of 'their group members. However, this is the case within a context in which people need to continually re-secure work and maintain positions within groups and contacts. Therefore, a seeming lack of control over tasks at the point of production is reinforced by the use of labour market mechanisms and influences their form.

2.1) Publication LanguageEnglish
2.2) Type & Structure

Introduction (untitled); Setting the Film Industry Scene; Flexible Specialisation, Dual Labour markets and the Film Industry; Methodology; Getting in; Ongoing Employment: Contacts and Semi-Permanent Work Groups; From Labour Market to Labour Process; Conclusions.

2.3) Original Research or Not


3.1) Main Issues

The process of industrial transformation in the film industry; the division of labour; the recruitment process; pressures to perform.

3.2) Media

A case-study of a film production company tracked over a period of 18 months. Multiple data collection methods were used - observation, interviewing and a questionnaire survey. In addition, 20 in-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with crew members, following principal photography.

3.3) Media Genres

Film industry

3.4) Key Theories

Labour market segmentation theories

4.1) Relevance

It is relevant to media recruitment practices.

Keywordscreative labour, labour market, recruitment, United Kingdom
TagsBritish film industry, labour market, recruitment, segmentation of workforce, core & peripheral workers