UK creative jobs and exports growth


Employment in the UK creative industries is growing at four times the rate of the UK workforce as a 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 creative industries, with 3.04m jobs in the wider 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 these industries in every other part of the UK.

In the North West, advertising and marketing grew at more than 20 per cent. 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 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.”

The figures also show that the UK creative industries exported £21.2bn of services in 2015, an increase of 7.2 per cent over 2014. Between 2010 and 2015, service exports from the UK creative industries have grown by 44.3 per cent.

In 2015, DCMS sectors - which also include gambling, telecoms, tourism and sport as well as the creative industries, exported £38.2 billion worth of services to the rest of the world. This represents an increase of 1.4 per cent from the year before, and DCMS sectors service exports have grown by 42.4 per cent since 2010. Exports of services from DCMS sectors in 2015 accounted for 16.9 per cent of total UK service exports. 

In terms of goods, DCMS sectors exported £27.3 billion to the rest of the world in 2015 - up 9 per cent on the year before - a faster growth rate than rest of the UK economy. 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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