Our mission is to create a practical solution, through job sharing, to help ALL freelancers achieve a better work life balance, hold on to their careers and continue to thrive in an industry they have dedicated most of their working lives to.
We are championing job-sharing as the most practical solution to the fact there are no part-time jobs in telly. Perhaps most obviously, this will benefit people with caring commitments such as having kids or those looking after elderly parents. However, it is clear that getting TV companies on board with job-sharing will be beneficial to freelancers with mental health issues, disabilities and those just wanting time to pursue their own creative interests and get a life!
We are educating broadcasters and production companies about the merits of flexible work and the exceptional talent it brings to their programming. We are challenging the negative perceptions surrounding part-time work in the TV industry. We’ve heard so many times that people who want to work ‘part-time’ just aren’t committed to their jobs.
In 2012, Creative Skillet conducted an industry Census which reported that between the years of 2006 – 2009, 5000 women left the industry compared to just 750 men.
5000 women, in 3 years, just walked away from the creative industries.
The same census also showed a steady rise in the amount of workers who are freelancers, in 2012, 39% of TV workers were employed on a freelances basis. Depending on the sector – this number could rise dramatically – especially where production jobs were concerned.
Women in the Industry
Many of the women we knew at the time of forming Share My Telly Job were about to join that statistic. They were women who, mostly, had become mothers and were finding it almost impossible to get back to work in the industry.
These women were Exec’s, Series Producers, Assistant Producers, Directors, Edit Producers, Editors, Producers all with one thing in common..they had years and years of invaluable experience.
These were the women pouring out of the television industry. Exceptionally talented TV professionals with decades of experience. Many of them had always been freelance and many of them were left with no-one to turn to when they needed help and flexibility to get back to work.
It quickly became clear what was the cause of those 5000 leaving the industry. They were unsupported freelancers coming to a time in their lives when they had to have some flexibility in order to return to work and look after their young families at home.