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Employment boom in the UK's creative industries revealed in latest figures

The UK’s creative industries are continuing to outstrip other employment sectors in the country, according to new government figures.

Since 2011, the number of jobs in the creative industries has increased by almost 20 per cent (nearly three times the rate of the UK economy overall) and now account for 1.9 million jobs.

This latest news comes on the back of statistics published earlier this year, which showed that the UK’s creative industries now contribute £84 billion a year to the UK's economy, a figure that equates to almost £10 million an hour.

The statistics also reveal that our services are highly sought after overseas, with exports of services from the UK’s creative industries increasing more than four times the rate of the UK total - contributing almost £20 billion to the UK economy.

Diversity in the creative industries workplace also far outstrips the wider job market. The number of black, Asian and ethnic minority workers in the creative industries has risen by almost 44 per cent since 2011, more than double the rate of the rest of the UK employment sector, which rose by around 18 per cent. 

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport John Whittingdale said, "The creative industries are one of the UK’s greatest success stories. That success is built upon the extraordinary talent which exists in this country - an amazing cultural heritage.

"None of this is changed by the UK’s decision to leave the EU and I am confident that our creative industries will continue to thrive and take advantage of the new opportunities which are opening up to do business across the world."

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