UK’s creative industries sector sees rapid growth

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Latest DCMS figures have shown that the UK’s creative industries sector has experienced considerable growth over the last two years.

The sector – well known for its high levels of self-employment – has grown by 7.6% in the last two years and is now worth £91.8 billion. In the last seven years, the industry has grown by 44.8%.

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) have responded to these latest findings.

Tom Purvis, IPSE’s Political and Economic Advisor, said, “It is fantastic to see the creative industries – a sector powered in no small part by its many self-employed professionals – growing at this pace".

“The creative industries are growing very quickly across the board, but there is particular growth in certain areas. Since 2008, for example, freelancers within artistic, literary and media occupations have grown by 103 per cent – meaning the growth of the creative industries is leading even more people to join the ranks of the UK’s self-employed.”

He added, “Freelancers currently contribute approximately £119 billion to the UK economy every year, so it is important that the Government continues to support the growth of freelancer-heavy sectors like the creative industries".

“The creative industries and the flexible labour market are two of the UK’s key competitive advantages on the international stage, so it is essential the Government not only puts their needs front and centre in the Brexit negotiations, but also does everything it can to support their growth.”

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