Employment in Creative Industries grows five times the rate of the wider UK economy

Government figures released today show that the number of jobs in the Creative Economy has increased by over 8% in the last year and is growing five times faster than the wider UK economy.

What is particularly heartening is that this growth isn't just confined to London and that areas

such as the West and East Midlands; the East of England; Yorkshire and Humberside are benefiting from the growth in the creative industries.

Key findings include:

  • Over the last 3 years, employment within the creative industries has grown at 5 times the rate of the wider UK economy
  • Employment within the sector has increased by more than 10% since 2011
  • Creative Industries now account for 1 in 18 (5.6%)of all jobs in the UK
  • 1 in every 6 jobs held by graduates in the UK was in the creative economy
  • Between 2011 and 2013, within the creative industries there were increases in jobs of greater than 20% in the East of England (27.1%), the East Midlands (25.0%), the West Midlands (20.6%) and Yorkshire and the Humber (20.1%)
  • The creative industries are currently worth £71.4bn to the economy; are growing at a faster rate than any other major industrial sector (9.4% between 2011 -12) and provide almost two million jobs.

The UK's Creative, digital and media sector has been immensely successful over the past few decades and it's clearly one of this country's biggest assets. And the really good news is that this latest batch of official statistics reveal that the sectors are going from strength to strength in the English regions.

Caroline Norbury, CEO of Creative England, said: "The UK is a true powerhouse of creativity and these figures are a testament to that. We know that there is an enormous pool of talented individuals and businesses that are based outside of the M25, so it is extremely encouraging to see a significant increase in employment in the regions and a fairer spread of opportunities for people in the creative industries.”

Read the full DCMS report – Creative Industries: Focus on Employment