UK creative jobs growth


Employment in the UK creative industries is growing at four times the rate of the UK workforce as whole, according to latest official statistics from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The number of jobs in the UK's creative industries rose by 5 per cent in 2016, compared to the 1.2 per cent increase in the wider UK workforce. Almost 2m people are now employed in the UK's creative organisations, with a wider number making up the creative economy which also includes creative roles in non-creative organisations.

Although London remains the main hub for the country's creative businesses, the figures highlighted growth in different regions. 

For instance, growth in Yorkshire & Humber’s film and TV industries rose by 40 per cent in the last year, outperforming of the industries in every other part of the UK.

In the North West, advertising and marketing grew at over 20 per cent increase. The Midlands experienced a 66 per cent increase in employment in the West Midlands and a 54 per cent increase in the East Midlands. The region is home to a number of global fashion brands and world leading fashion and design higher education courses.

The number of people from BAME backgrounds in the creative industries increased by 15 per cent in the last year, which is more than double the increase in the wider economy. The design and fashion industries were notable for increasing BAME representation by 40 per cent and almost 50 per cent respectively. 

Creative Industries Minister Matt Hancock said:  These positive jobs figures show Britain's creative industries are performing better than ever. 

“And whilst there’s still more to do before diversity in the creative industries mirrors that of our society as a whole, I’m encouraged to see that this area is improving at more than twice the rate of the wider workplace.”

There has also been strong employment growth nationally in other DCMS sectors. The number of jobs in the sport sector have increased by 4.2 per cent year-on-year and up 19.2 per cent since 2011. The digital sector increased jobs 2.4 per cent year-on-year and 12.6 per cent since 2011 while the number of jobs in the cultural sector has increased by 1.8 per cent year on year and 20 per cent since 2011.

The figures also show that in 2015 DCMS sectors exported £38.2 billion worth of services to the rest of the world - up 1.4 per cent from the year before and a 42.4 per cent rise on 2010. Exports of services from DCMS sectors in 2015 accounted for 16.9 per cent of total UK service exports.

DCMS sectors exported £27.3 billion worth of goods to the rest of the world in 2015 - up 9 per cent on the year before - growth that was greater than the rest of the UK as a whole. Exports of goods from DCMS sectors in 2015 accounted for 9.6 per cent of total UK goods exports.


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Published: July 26, 2017.


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