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Regional/National Dimension

Key statistics:

  • 88% of people working in the industry are in England, 7% in Scotland, 4% in Wales and 2% in Northern Ireland.
  • London is home to 24% of the creative and cultural workforce. 14% of the workforce is located in the South East and 9% in the East of England.
  • The regional distribution of workers is similar across the sub-sectors, with the highest proportions located in London and the South East.
  • The highest proportion of those who are self-employed in the sector are located in the South West (47%) and the lowest is in West Midlands the lowest (31%).
  • London has the lowest proportion of the workforce employed part-time (23%) and the largest is in the South West (32%) and Northern Ireland (32%).
  • 42% of the workforce is the West Midlands and 42% in London is female.
  • 16% of the workforce in London is non-white.
  • Scotland has the youngest workforce with 68% below 40 years.

Although there is a concentration of cultural and creative workers in London and the South East, the opportunities offered by the Internet and other new technology mean that, particularly for visual artists and musicians, geography is no longer such a barrier to career development.

There is very little variation in the skills needs of arts workers across the country.

Source: Sector Skills Agreement for the Creative and Cultural Industries 2010 and Creative and Cultural Industry Impact and Footprint 2008/09