The UK’s employment figures have been boosted significantly by the country’s creative exports in the last few years, according to new data released by the Department for Media, Culture and Sport.
In total, jobs in the film, TV, music and video game sectors rose by 8.6 per cent between 2011 and 2012, despite the rest of the economy struggling to build up any real pace.
In particular, it is thought that the international success of pop-stars such as Adele, One Direction and Ellie Goulding has contributed greatly to the growth. TV shows like ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Sherlock Holmes’ have also been popular overseas.
Culture secretary Maria Miller claimed that the creative industries have never been more important to the UK’s economy. She was quoted by hrmagazine.co.uk as saying: “We are committed to ensuring that the energy, innovation, skills and talent existing in this dynamic sector continues to translate into economic success, and provide a remarkable platform from which, we can showcase Britain to the world.”
Last year saw the British gaming industry record a particularly sizeable achievement, as ‘Grand Theft Auto V’, which was developed by Scottish firm Rockstar Games, became the fastest selling entertainment title of all time.
According to bbc.co.uk, almost 240,000 people found employment with film and broadcasting firms in 2012. This number is set to rise further in 2014, with the latest instalment of the Star Wars film series set to be made in the UK.