Low pay, diminishing arts education, skills shortages and regional equality are among the most acute challenges threatening the future success of the creative industries, according to new research.
Despite continued growth within the sector, and the expectation that creative jobs will prove more resilient in a future labour market than other skills, questions remain as to whether there will be the required talent and opportunities to allow industries such as theatre, film and TV to thrive.
These are the questions posed by a new report into the challenges facing the creative industries, which has been penned by researchers at the Work Foundation at Lancaster University, part of the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre, an initiative led by Nesta.
It identifies nine critical issues spanning skills, talent and diversity which “if left unaddressed could undermine the success of the creative industries and economy”.
Overall, the report argues that the future for the creative industries is bright and claims there is “growing global appetite for UK content”. However, it asks: “As we witness unprecedented tightness in the UK labour market, combined with a continued growth in high-skilled roles, will there be talent available to fill these roles?
“In the face of rapid change in the market, can we be confident that the skills businesses need to thrive in the future are being developed by those learning in schools, colleges and universities today? As we strive to build a balanced and inclusive UK economy, will the opportunities created in this vibrant sector be accessible to everyone – regardless of their socio-demographic background or where they live?”
The report was written following nine months of research and was drawn from more than 300 sources of evidence, including information from 50 organisations.