Jobs in the creative industries are set to grow twice as fast as the UK average by 2024, new research has claimed.
Creative industries employment is predicted to increase by 5.3% over the next six years, double that of the average rate of employment, which will rise by 2.5%.
Creative jobs will also grow faster than employment in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by 2024, which has a projected increase of 5.1%.
This is according to new statistics published by the Creative Industries Federation and development agency Nesta, which predict the levels of employment for young people starting secondary school this year and graduating in 2024.
Based on workforce projections used in the government’s industrial strategy, the new forecasts suggest that an additional 119,495 creative jobs could be generated in the UK by 2024. However, the report claims that, with “proper investment”, this figure could rise to a million by 2030.
The research goes on to warn that, despite the growth potential, the UK’s education and skills system is not prepared for the workforce of the future, and access to creative learning is under threat.
It calls on the government and the industry to rectify this, with suggestions including a government-backed creative careers campaign and a mandate that a school must be committed to teaching creative subjects if it is to be classed ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
Shadow culture secretary Tom Watson said the new research demonstrates that employment in the creative and STEM sectors are “the jobs of the future”.
“I will make sure Labour takes this message on-board to create sustainable careers for this generation of young people,” he added.