Employment boom in creative industries

Employment boom in creative industries

The UK’s creative industries are continuing to outstrip other employment sectors in the UK, new Government figures reveal.

Since 2011, the number of jobs in the creative industries has risen by nearly 20%, now account for 1.9m jobs - nearly triple the rate of the UK economy as a whole.

Within the creative industries, occupations which have particularly flourished include dancers and choreographers (up by 4%), artists (up by 21%), and programmers and software developers (up by 30%).

These latest figures come on the back of government statistics, published earlier this year, revealed that the UK’s creative industries now contribute a staggering £84bn a year - almost £10m an hour - to our economy, cementing the sector as a force to be reckoned with.

Secretary of State for culture, media and sport John Whittingdale said: “The creative industries are one of the UK’s greatest success stories.

“That success is built upon the extraordinary talent which exists in this country, an amazing cultural heritage, the English language and a tax system designed to support and encourage growth in the creative sector.

“None of this is changed by the UK’s decision to leave the EU and I am confident that our creative industries will continue to thrive and take advantage of the new opportunities which are opening up to do business across the world.”

Jen Hartley, deputy head of Tech North, added:  "The North of England has a strong and historic digital creative sector which includes global household names as well as a plethora of smaller independent studios. From games, media and broadcast, to some of the world's most sought after design studios, it's not surprising that this sector is going from strength to strength in the region.

"As the sector grows we need to ensure we are at the forefront of world recognition for attracting and developing talent as well as promoting the exportable products and services we're creating"

The number of BAME workers in the creative industries has also rocketed by almost 44 per cent since 2011, with the sector actively embracing a more diverse workforce. That’s more than double the rate of the rest of the UK employment sector, which has risen by around 18 per cent.

Culture minister Ed Vaizey said: “We made it clear to the sector that more needed to be done to improve diversity and I’m pleased that these figures show progress with the creative industries taking notice and working hard to address this issue. But we want to see further progress in this sector.”

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and BFI have all introduced new strategies to increase diversity both on and off screen and in senior positions. Organisations such as The Arts Council have pledged to boost diversity within the arts through new multi-million pound funding schemes. In addition, Project Diamond is due to be launched later this year, which will provide diversity data both on and off screen.

The latest statistics also reveal that our services are highly sought after overseas, with exports of services from the UK’s creative industries increasing more than four times the rate of the UK total - contributing almost £20bn to the UK economy.