Employment in the UK creative industries has boomed by 15.8% since 2011, with 1.8 million jobs now available in the sector.
According to figures released by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the value of services exported by the UK’s creative industries in 2013 was £17.9 billion – a rise of 3.5% on the previous year.
Similarly, exports from the creative industries increased by 34.2% between 2009 and 2013, outperforming the rest of the UK economy by almost 15%.
The statistics released by the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) analyse the number of jobs in the creative industries by geographical region, level of qualification, gender, and ethnicity.
The figures also reveal a modest but important increase in the number of people identifying as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employed within the sector.
More than one in 10 (11%) of all jobs within the sector are now filled by someone from a BAME background – the same level as across all UK industries.
Culture Secretary John Whittingdale said: “These latest figures demonstrate how the UK’s creative industries continue to be one of our great success stories. It’s a fantastic sector which now accounts for more than 1.8 million jobs in the UK, and employment in this areas is increasing at twice the rate of the wider economy. Our films, music and other artists are celebrated around the world and this Government is determined to do what we can to ensure our creative industries continue to grow.”
Although women working in the museums and galleries, publishing, and performing and visual arts fields outnumber their male colleagues, there is still a concerning under-representation of women in other sectors, most notably in the area of IT, software and computer services.