Design and Creative Industries Continue to Lead UK Economy

May 14, 2019

Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) figures published today reveal employment within the UK’s creative industries is increasing at more than twice the rate of the wider UK economy. Exports from the sector are also up as the creative industries once again demonstrate what a powerful driver of growth they are for the UK economy.

The statistics analyse the number of jobs in the creative industries by geographical region, level of qualification, gender, and ethnicity.

Jobs within the creative industries increased by 5.5 per cent compared to the national 2.1 per cent rise in employment between 2013 and 2014. Jobs in the sector now number 1.8 million, representing an increase of 15.8 per cent (247,000 jobs) since 2011. Employment in this area is increasing at twice the rate of the wider economy. Design jobs within the Creative Economy are now at 203,000, with nearly 70,000 people working in design jobs beyond the Creative Industries.

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