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Opportunities for women within the music, performing and visual arts sector, have increased by 51 percent. Image credit - @wolverhampton_arts_and_heritage via

Employment within the UK Creative Industries sector has increased five times faster than the national average, according to latest figures published by the Department for Culture.

This report has built on the findings from the Creative Industries economic report earlier in the year, which revealed the Creative Industries contribute more than £8 million per hour to the UK economy, and generate more than £70billion a year; and is outperforming all other sectors of UK.

Total Creative Economy employment across the UK has increased from 2.4 million in 2011, to 2.6 million jobs in 2013; this is an 8.8 per cent increase. There were 1.71 million jobs in the Creative Industries in 2013, an increase of 10.1 per cent since 2011. In addition, in 2013 there were 1.80 million jobs for people in Creative Occupations, a 7.3 percent increase since 2011. These increases compare with a 2.4 percent increase in the total number of jobs in the wider UK economy over the same period.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has said, “The UK’s Creative Industries are a huge success story and powerful force in driving economic growth. These figures demonstrate the sector is punching well above its weight and Government is committed to ensuring the right conditions are in place to allow the sector to continue to flourish.”

The proportion of Creative Economy jobs varies by region and devolved administration. In 2013, across the whole of the UK, around 1 in 12 jobs were in the Creative Economy and ranged from 1 in 20 jobs. The Creative Industries accounted for 1 in 18 jobs, of all jobs in the UK in 2013, and ranged from 1 in 32 jobs in Northern Ireland to 1 in 9 jobs in London.

Interestingly, more than half of jobs in the Creative Economy were filled by people who have a degree or higher qualification in 2013 compared to 31.1 percent of all jobs in the UK. One in every six jobs held by graduates in the UK was in the Creative Economy. One in every ten jobs held by graduates in the UK was in the Creative Industries.

Caroline Norbury, CEO of Creative England, has said, “The UK is a true powerhouse of creativity and these figures are a testament to that. We know that there is an enormous pool of talented individuals and businesses that are based outside of the M25, so it is extremely encouraging to see a significant increase in employment in the regions and a fairer spread of opportunities for people in the Creative Industries.”

Opportunities for women within the music, performing and visual arts sector, have increased by 51 percent. Furthermore, there were 1.8million jobs in Creative Occupations across all industries, in 2013 and had a higher proportion of degree level workers (61.1%) than across the wider Creative Economy (57.7%).

From Monday 30 June to Friday 4 July, the success of the UK Creative Industries will be celebrated in a weeklong digital event.

Together with the industry, the hashtag #CreateUK will be used to champion the success of the sector, explore the employment opportunities and look at what makes the UK’s Creative Industries so exceptional. The week will include video interviews, Twitter debates, blogs and graphics.

Every day of #CreateUK week there will be a spotlight on a particular sector within the industry and hold an hour-long chat on Twitter. Running between 1pm and 2pm, you can join the conversation each day by using the hashtag #CreateUKhour.

#CreateUK will be a chance to showcase the best of the UK Creative Industries to the world and it will provide a forum for like-minded people to share views, provide advice and make new contacts in the industry.

What are the other productive benefits to the industry and specific individuals of #CreateUK week?


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