Media industry to receive skills framework, freelancer support

Media manpower plan will help deepen media professionals’ core skills.

06 Mar 2017

Minister of State for Communications and Information Chee Hong Tat announced today (6 March 2017), measures to help Singapore media professionals deepen core skills and receive support.

Media Professionals Skills Framework: The Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) and SkillsFuture Singapore will jointly develop a skills framework for media professionals that will serve as a common reference for job-seekers, professionals and employers. The framework will contain information on current and emerging skills for different occupational levels, as well as career progression pathways for different media-related jobs. Employers can also use the framework to design talent development plans, so as to better attract and retain crucial talents.

Support for Media Freelancers: IMDA and NTUC will develop a tripartite standard for the procurement of services from media freelancers by 2017. The standard will provide a list of good employment practices, such as having written contracts that clearly spell out payment terms, intellectual property rights, and how to handle disputes.

Together with the Singapore Mediation Centre, IMDA will also provide subsidised mediation services to resolve disputes between media companies and freelancers on contractual matters, including late payment and non-payment.

The Government will require media companies to adopt good industry practices (such as the above-mentioned) if they want to qualify for government grants and Public Service Broadcast (PSB) funding. IMDA will take action against companies that wrongfully delay or withhold payment to their staff and freelancers.

Content Development Fund: IMDA and Mediacorp will establish a Content Development Fund for PSB content to encourage media professionals to experiment with new content formats, including the use of new technologies, such as augmented and virtual reality.