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Ireland/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.9 Employment policies for the cultural sector

See also chapter 4.2.3.

Statistics commissioned by the Arts Council in 2011 show that a total of 888 people are directly employed in Arts Council supported organisations (excluding literature, film and venues) while employment in the wider arts sector is estimated at 12 972 direct jobs in 2011. Employment in the wider arts sector industries (direct, indirect and induced) is given as 20 755.

The film sector comprises some 600 companies. In terms of film industry training considerable work has been carried out by the state funded FÁS / Screen Training Ireland, established in 1995 to provide training and career development opportunities for the independent film and TV sector. The Film Board has a range of strategies including tax incentives, information on crew, facilities, locations and co-production possibilities, all aimed at stimulating film activity and employment in Ireland. 

The attractiveness of the cultural sector to young people has meant that cultural and media studies education programmes generally enjoy a high degree of popularity. A consortium of third level colleges is now offering a structured PhD in Digital Arts and Humanities as part of a smart economy initiative. Overall the economic crisis has blighted the employment profile of the arts as all other sectors with little evidence of any success by government in stimulating employment.

Salary levels of employees in the public cultural institutions correspond to civil service rates, all of which have suffered cuts in recent years.

Chapter published: 10-06-2015

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