New Creative jobs added
at three times UK average

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Above: Graduates at an ad industry open day. One in six graduate jobs is in the creative economy.

The number of UK jobs in creative occupations grew by 6.4 per cent to 1.9m in 2014, far outstripping the 2.1 per cent average job growth rate for the UK economy.

New government figures estimate that there were 2.8m UK jobs in 2014 across the total creative economy which comprises creative occupations - including those outside the creative industries - plus those in creative and support jobs within creative industries, such as publishing, music, design, games and TV.

The wider UK creative economy grew by 5 per cent in 2014, and has increased by 13.7 per cent since 2011. 

One in 11 of all UK jobs now falls within the creative economy - including one in six of all jobs held by graduates, underlining the importance of these roles to the UK's economic future. The creative industries contributed £76.9bn to the UK last year.

Creative jobs are particularly focused in London and the south east, although they also make up a significant proportion of job markets in the south west and east England.

In percentage terms, the biggest increases in new creative jobs between 2011 and 2014 were to be found in the east Midlands (+40.2 per cent), west Midlands (+34.1 per cent), the south west (+32.6 per cent) and the north east (+27.3 per cent).

The figures also suggested that although Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) workers occupy the same proportion of creative economy jobs (11 per cent) as they do in the overall UK economy, women are under-represented, occupying 36 per cent of creative economy jobs - whereas they hold 47.1 per cent of jobs in the economy as whole.

The government also released new data on exports.

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