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Production Assistant Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Production Assistant. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Production Assistant
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Production Assistant Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Production assistant Jobs /co-ordinator Job (media/stage)

Production assistants play an important part in the preparation and production of any performance, live or recorded.

Duties are similar in both TV and film production. Assistants carry out the administration needed for productions. This involves: running the office of the producer/director; secretarial work; planning meetings and making programme arrangements; booking hotels and looking after the artists; ensuring that scripts are available and working out timings; managing the budget; controlling expenses. Some production assistants specialise in continuity.

Assistants or co-ordinators working in radio may be responsible for booking studio space, typing scripts or dealing with copyright. Many radio production assistants have some technical duties such as operating studio machinery or editing tape. Larger theatres and repertory companies have production assistants who carry out administrative work; however, this is more of a straightforward secretarial role.

Hours and Environment

Production assistants should expect to work long, irregular hours, including shifts. Their place of work will vary from offices and meeting rooms, to darkened and enclosed studio areas. During transmission, they may sit in the production gallery, surrounded by banks of monitors.

Location work could be anywhere, and may involve staying away from home for long or short periods. Assistants should also be prepared to stand for long periods in all weathers.

Skills and Interests

To be a production assistant you will need:

  • a genuine interest in broadcasting and/or theatre
  • the ability to work within financial budgets
  • the ability to organise, and take and relay messages with confidence
  • good communication skills, and tact when dealing with a variety of people at all levels
  • the ability to work well under pressure and to meet deadlines
  • the ability to deal with figures (eg to work out timings and record expenditure)
  • good IT skills, and often shorthand.


Although particular educational requirements are not specified, many entrants have gained A levels/H grades GNVQs/GSVQs, BTEC/SQA HNDs, or degrees: entry is competitive. Secretarial skills and shorthand can be an advantage and a driving licence is useful.

You should be able to show genuine interest in the arts, both live and recorded. Relevant experience in amateur dramatics, student radio or film making would be an advantage. Most people entering the broadcasting and theatre industries are over 21 with relevant experience.


Training is often on the job, working with a more experienced production assistant and gradually taking on greater responsibility.

NVQs/SVQs in Production are available at levels 2, 3 and 4, and in Radio Production at levels 3 and 4.

Media Communications and Production is available as a subject at vocational A level/GSVQ.

ft2 - Film and Television Freelance Training - is an organisation which trains new entrants to technical and production jobs and they include production assistant in their training programme. No educational qualifications are required but applicants must have touch typing speeds of 40 words per minute and IT skills. The training involves a combination of technical work with attachments to various broadcasting organisations.

Other organisations which co-ordinate or have information about training schemes and relevant qualifications include Skillset and Scottish Screen. All these schemes offer NVQ/SVQ qualifications.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).


Production assistants may work in television companies, independent production companies, film production companies, radio stations, and theatre companies.

This is a very popular area of work with few vacancies. Promotion to senior PA posts may be possible. Most production assistants now work freelance and the most experienced can pick and choose their jobs. Those who have skills in handling budgets could move into production management.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

A trainee production assistant can earn around £14,000.
Experienced production assistants earn between £18,000 and £25,000.
Senior production assistants can earn over £27,000.

Further information

Sector Skills Council
Prospect House
80-110 New Oxford Street
Tel: 020 7520 5757

Skillset Careers
Tel: 08080 300 900 for England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Tel: 0808 100 8094 for Scotland

Film and Television Freelance Training
4th Floor
Warwick House
9 Warwick Street
Tel: 020 7734 5141

Scottish Screen
249 West George Street
G2 4 QE
Tel: 0141 302 1700

Other Useful Production Assistant Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Production Assistant job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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