The power of UK creative
The UK’s creative industries contributed a record £76.9 billion to the economy in 2013, up 10% on the previous year. That creative growth was higher than in any other sector and was three times the average increase in the UK economy over the period. The value of creative industry exports was £17.3 billion in 2012, or 8.8% of total UK services exports, according to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
And on the employment side, between 1997 and 2013, the creative economy increased by 800,000 jobs, from 1.8 million to 2.6 million. This was equivalent to a rise of 45% and was over four times greater than the 10.6% increase in the number of jobs in the general economy over the same period. IT and software was the biggest employer at 482,000 jobs, ahead of music, performing and visual arts (243,000), and film, TV, video, radio and photography (209,000).