Scotland’s videogames sector has coped remarkably well with the ongoing Covid-19 lockdowns, but not every creative industry has been so lucky. Now your experience could help other the way Scotland supports creative businesses and individuals in the future.
Covid-19 has had an enormous impact on every creative industry in Scotland. Large parts of the workforce have been furloughed or laid off, and when and how they may return to work remains highly uncertain.
While the videogames and interactive industries have been affected less that other sectors (performing arts for one), we’re still struggling to understand what the long-term outcomes will be.
Coping With COVID
The games sector’s response was much swifter and more comprehensive than many other areas. The move to home-working and running a creative business remotely has meant that many games studios have remained productive throughout the semmingly endless lockdowns. The impact on freelancers however remains unclear.
Skills Development Scotland wants to support the sector and its workforce to adapt to these changing circumstances. In order to do so, it’s looking for robust evidence on which to base future decisions and actions.
How Can Skills Help?
So, Skills Development Scotland has initiated a new study into the impact of the pandemic on the sector’s workforce – both freelance and permanent employees – and would like your insight. The research findings will provide evidence on how the skills system can support the needs of Scotland’s creative workforce as the sector, and the wider economy, recovers from the pandemic.
Skills Development Scotland has released a short online survey for freelance and permanent employees in the creative sector.
Survey Live Now
The results of this survey will have an instrumental impact on skills policy, helping Skills Development Scotland to shape interventions to deliver in-demand skills across the sector. They really want to capture as many views as possible. At no point would you be required to disclose any data that would breach GDPR.
Your response will remain confidential and will only be used for the purpose of the study. Data will be reported in aggregate and any quoted responses anonymised. The survey is being administered by EKOS Ltd under commission from Skills Development Scotland.
You can find the survey here. Please take five minutes to help.