New figures reveal boom in UK creative industries employment

Figures released today by the Department for Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) reveal that employment within the creative industries is increasing at more than twice the rate of the wider UK economy. In 2014, the creative industries sector employed 1.8 million people in the UK, meaning that c. 247,000 jobs have been generated by the creative industries since 2011.

One major component of the creative industries’ success is the UK’s thriving film and high-end television production industry, with major international producers drawn to the UK by our expert crew and leading post-production talent.

In 2014, 36 international feature films and 22 high-end television productions chose to base themselves in the UK, bringing more than £1.4 billion inward investment into the UK’s creative industries. The increased investment into UK production has seen the growth of infrastructure throughout the country, with new facilities opening this year including Cardiff’s Pinewood Studio Wales and Church Fenton’s The Yorkshire Studios.

Ongoing success

The picture painted by DCMS’ figures of a thriving sector is supported elsewhere, with a study released earlier this year by Olsberg, and supported by the BFC, demonstrating that in 2013 the UK film sector generated £3.7 billion in GVA, while the high-end television industry generated GVA of £852 million.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of the British Film Commission and Film London, said: “These figures underline the importance of the UK’s creative industries, and further prove that the UK is a global centre for creativity, within which film and television production plays a vital role.”

Production in the UK has shown no signs of slowing down in 2015, with major projects choosing to utilise the UK’s expertise including Star Wars: Rogue One (Lucasfilm) and the sixth season of Game of Thrones (HBO), suggesting the UK’s creative industries will continue to prosper.