New employment and trade statistics today show continued growth - and highlight exactly why the government must make the creative industries a priority in Brexit negotiations.

July 26, 2017

New employment and trade statistics today show continued growth - and highlight exactly why the government must make the creative industries a priority in Brexit negotiations.

Employment within the creative industries rose by 5% to 1,958,000 between 2015 and 2016, four times the rate in the UK workforce as a whole where the figure is 1.2%. The DCMS statistics show that since 2011, the number of people employed within the sector has risen by more than a quarter (25.4%) compared with 7.6% in the full UK workforce.

The UK’s creative industries also continue to show strong and resilient growth in exports - again outpacing the wider UK economy. The creative industries exported £21.2bn of services in 2015 - rising 7.2% between 2014 and 2015. The total services exports increase across UK industries in the same timeframe was 3.1%. Between 2010 and 2015, this growth was even more remarkable - 44.3% compared with 29.5% for UK service exports.  

John Kampfner, Federation chief executive, said: “These impressive employment figures show exactly why the government needs to be safeguarding the creative sector ahead of Brexit. The creative industries are out-gunning the rest of the economy several times over but this is not guaranteed to continue.

“The government must make the creative industries a priority in Brexit negotiations and address the Federation's concerns regarding immigration, trade and intellectual property rights.”

Click here to read a longer analysis of the new figures by Eliza Easton, deputy head of research and policy.

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