Stats for the creative industries sector - June 2016

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Author: Liz Prince
Posting date: 07/07/2016

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has released employment statistics for the creative industries sector. Here are some of the highlights from the June 2016 report.

Summary

  • The number of jobs in the Creative Industries (including both creative and support jobs), increased by 3.2 per cent between 2014 and 2015 to 1.9 million jobs. This was an increase of 19.5 per cent since 2011.
  • Total jobs in the Creative Economy across the UK has increased by 5.1 per cent between 2014 and 2015 (2.8 million to 2.9 million jobs) and by 19.6 per cent since 2011.
  • In 2015 there were 2.0 million jobs in Creative Occupations, a 4.9 per cent increase since 2014 and 19.2 per cent higher than 2011.
  • These increases compare with a 2.0 per cent increase in the total number of jobs in the wider UK economy between 2014 and 2015, and 6.3 per cent increase since 2011.

Geographic distribution by region

  • The Creative Industries accounted for 1 in 17 (5.8 per cent) of all jobs in the UK in 2015. It ranged from 1 in 30 jobs (3.2 per cent) in North East to 1 in 8 jobs (11.5 per cent) in London. Almost a third (30.8 per cent) of Creative Industries jobs were based in London.
  • In 2015, across the whole of the UK, around 1 in 11 jobs (9.0 per cent) were in the Creative Economy. This ranged from 1 in 18 jobs (5.5 per cent) in Northern Ireland to 1 in 6 jobs (16.4 per cent) in London.These were all similar to last year.1.3

Qualifications

  • More than half (59.9 per cent) of jobs in the Creative Industry in 2015 were filled by people with at least a degree or equivalent, compared to 32.7 per cent of all jobs in the UK.
  • In 2015, 1 in 11 jobs in the UK held by graduates was in the Creative Industries.
  • Between 2014 and 2015, there was an increase of 24,000 (2.2 per cent) in the number of jobs in the Creative Industries held by individuals with at least a degree or equivalent.
  • Across all industries in 2015, 62.5 per cent of jobs in Creative Occupations were filled by someone who had at least a degree or equivalent.

Gender

The Creative Economy and Creative Industries employ a lower proportion of women than the wider UK economy.

In 2015:

  • 37.2 percent of jobs in the Creative Industries were filled by women.
  • 36.1 per cent of jobs in the Creative Economy were filled by women.
  • 47.1 per cent of jobs in the UK as a whole were filled by women.

Ethnicity

  • In Creative Industries in 2015, 11.4 per cent of jobs were filled by BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) workers.
  • The number of BAME workers in the Creative Industries increase by 7.0 per cent between 2014 and 2015 (43.9 per cent since 2011), compared with a 2.8 per cent (17.9 per cent since 2011) increase for White workers in the Creative Industries.
  • Of all jobs in the Creative Economy in 2015, 10.9 per cent were filled by BAME workers, a similar level to the UK economy (11.3 per cent).
  • Since 2011, there was a 38.2 per cent increase in the number of BAME group jobs in the Creative Economy. The increase for the White group was 18.5 per cent.

Socio-Economic Class

  • In 2015, 91.8 per cent of jobs in the Creative Economy were done by people in more advantaged socio-economic groups (NS-SEC 1-4), compared to 66.0 per cent of jobs in the wider UK economy.
  • More advantaged groups made up 91.9 per cent of jobs in the Creative Industries.

 
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