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UK Creative Economy added 200,000 new jobs in one year


Pride 2014 Copyright Pathé

Strong growth in the UK’s creative economy has employed a further 200,000 people, more than double the national average.

Thanks to a mixture of tax breaks and strong investment incentives, the UK’s creative sector has benefitted from continued success and employed 2.8 million people in 2014, up from 2.6 million in the previous year.

The Creative Economy grew broadly across every region of the UK, but gender equality was below the national average where women held 36.7% of jobs, compared to the average of 47.2% in the wider economy.

In film, TV, radio and photography, women held only 35.1% of all jobs however more than 51% were employed in the music industry, and in the performing, visual arts sector.

Employment for ethnic minorities increased by 12.5% between 2013 and 2014, while 11% of all jobs in the Creative Economy where filled by BAME workers.

Diversity remains a key issue in the film and creative industries but the increase in employment for ethnic minorities was more than 3x higher than the figure for white workers. (12.5% as opposed to 4% growth.)