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Production Assistant

Production assistant monitoring a broadcast on screen

A production assistant (PA) helps the producer and carries out the administrative tasks necessary for planning and putting on a television programme or film production.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for PAs are in the range of £18,000 to £20,000 a year. An experienced PA may earn around £25,000 to £35,000 a year or more.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
3678
4.3 %
RISE
2029
3837
  United Kingdom
2024
79167
6.2 %
RISE
2029
84039

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

You should have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

If you are aged 18 or over you may be interested in The Network. The Network is held each year alongside the TV Festival in Edinburgh. If selected you would attend for four free days of masterclasses and workshops which will provide you with the skills, knowledge and contacts to start a career in TV. You can usually apply in early spring.

Trainee Finder is ScreenSkills flagship new entrant programme which offers paid work placements across a range of roles in film and TV. Applications are currently closed for the 2024-25 programme. Recruitment will usually begin around September of the year before placement. Find out more and apply online by visiting the Film Trainee Finder website.

Video

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

National Film and Television School
Tel: 01494 671234
E-mail: info@nfts.co.uk
Website: http://nfts.co.uk
Twitter: @NFTSFilmTV
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NFTSFilmTV

ScreenSkills
Tel: 020 7713 9800
E-mail: info@screenskills.com
Website: https://www.screenskills.com
Twitter: @UKScreenSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKScreenSkills

ScreenSkills works with the UK’s screen-based creative media industries to develop skills and talent from classroom to boardroom.

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