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Creative industries employment growing twice as fast as UK economy, DCMS figures show

DCMS' most recent economic estimates for employment showed there were 2.04 million jobs in the creative industries in 2018. Photo: aerogondo2/shutterstock
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Employment in the creative industries is growing at twice the national rate, and now accounts for more than 6% of all jobs in the UK, according to new government data.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s most recent economic estimates for employment showed that there were 2.04 million jobs in the creative industries in 2018, an increase of 1.6% on the previous year.

This is double the rate of the UK’s overall employment growth rate of 0.8% over the same period.

Between 2011 and 2018, the number of jobs in the creative industries increased by 30.6%, compared with 10.1% in the UK overall.

The creative industries make up just one of several DCMS sectors. It is broken down into sub-sectors including music, performing and visual arts, design, film, TV video, radio and photography and museums, galleries and libraries.

Music, performing and visual arts, which includes theatre, accounted for 296,000 jobs in 2018, rising by 4.9% on the previous year. This sub-sector made up 14.5% of the overall creative industries, the second largest group after IT and computer services’ 35.9% share.

Six of the nine creative industry sub-sectors grew between 2017 and 2018. However, there was a reduction for museums, galleries and libraries as well as for film and TV.

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