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Employment Census returns on 12th July

Press Release Wednesday 12 July 2006 is Census day. The Census is the industry wide survey of Company MDs and HR managers to measure the total number and make- up of the Computer Games workforce. The Census is now biennial and Skillset has carried out the survey on behalf of the audio visual industries since 2000. Ensuring Games companies respond is a priority as the information the Census gathers is used by the industry and Government to understand how the industry is changing and to plan investment in skills, monitor the diversity of the workforce and lobby government on funding and policy issues. Forms are being distributed to audio visual employers via a number of sources and can be completed at . Ian Livingstone, Production Acquisitions Director at Eidos and Chair of the Computer Games Skills Forum, said: "The Census is a headcount of the industry. It helps Skillset influence Government, policymakers and public funders for the benefit and support of the industry. To target our efforts and resources as effectively as possible we need accurate information which is why its essential that all games employers complete and return a Census form - you should receive one in the post but if not I urge you to down load one at . It really will help us to make more of a difference." ENDS SKILLSET PRESS OFFICE: 020 7520 5752 / 07968 010 325 Notes to Editor Skillset is the Sector Skills Council for the Audio Visual Industries covering Broadcast, Film, Video, Interactive Media and Photo Imaging. Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) are licensed by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills and by Ministers in the devolved administrations to tackle the skills and productivity challenge by sector. SSCs are independent, UK wide organisations developed by groups of influential employers in industry or business sectors of economic or strategic significance. SSCs are employer-led and actively involve trade unions, professional bodies and other stakeholders in the sector. For more information visit: The Census includes key sectors in scope to Skillset excluding performers, photo-imaging and film production. These sectors operate differently to those covered by the Census, and there are now separate measures in place to monitor employment trends therein. The Skills for Business Network is made up of 25 Sector Skills Councils - each one is an employer-led, independent organisation. The Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA) underpins the network and is responsible for funding, supporting and monitoring the SSCs. Jo Worsley e-Communications Co-ordinator (Freelance) Free Industry Induction Programme for New Entrants! (But be quick - only a few places left...) Skillset | Prospect House | 80 - 110 New Oxford Street | London | WC1A 1HB T: 020 7520 5946 | F: 020 7520 5758 | E: | W: For all careers enquiries visit or call the Skillset Careers Helpline on 08080 300 900 (England, Wales, Northern Ireland) or 0808 100 8094 (Scotland).

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