Brexit deal is essential to ensure continued growth of the creative industries
Responding to the latest DCMS employment and trade statistics John Kampfner, CEO of the Creative Industries Federation, 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.”
A Brexit deal for the Creative Industries is essential as the sector once again proves its might with employment rising at four times the rate of the wider UK workforce.
Two million people are now employed within the creative industries, a five per cent increase on the previous year compared with only a 1.2% increase in the UK workforce as a whole. Since 2011, the number of people employed within the sector has risen by over 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 export growth - again outpacing the wider UK economy. The creative industries exported £21.2bn of services in 2015 - rising 7.2% between 2014 - 2015. The total services exports increase across UK industries in the same time frame was 3.1%. Between 2010 - 2015, this growth was even more remarkable - 44.3% compared with 29.5% for UK service exports.
The full DCMS statistics can be accessed here.