The UK’s creative industries have today cemented their position as a powerhouse for growth, with employment in the sector growing at four times the rate of the UK workforce as whole.
The nation’s creative industries now employ almost two million people, up 5% on the previous year, compared to the wider UK workforce which grew by 1.2%, according to latest official statistics from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
In addition to the overall employment boom for the sector, the creative industries are also leading the way in addressing concerns about the lack of diversity in the workplace. The number of people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds in the creative industries has increased by 15% 2015, an improvement more than 2 and half times that of the wider UK workforce. In the film and TV sectors alone, BAME representation has jumped by 40%, and in the design and fashion sector numbers up by almost 50%.
Creative Industries Minister Matt Hancock said: “These positive jobs figures show Britain’s creative industries are performing better than ever. Those working in the creative industries are cultural ambassadors for Britain, and play a hugely important role in helping form and shape the way we are viewed both at home and abroad. This strong, sustained growth of the creative industries is fantastic to see, and we are working with industry to make sure this continues.”
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% year-on-year and up 19.2% since 2011. The digital sector has enjoyed significant job creation, up 2.4% year-on-year and 12.6% since 2011 while the number of jobs in the cultural sector have increased by 1.8% year-on-year and 20% since 2011.