There are 60,690 people in the sector workforce in the region, representing 9% of the UK sector workforce. 47% of the workforce is self-employed in arts, design and music. 59% of the workforce is male. 98% of the sector workforce is white and 46% are under 40 years.
Before the recession, sector employment in the South East had grown by 19% since 2006, compared with 9% across the UK sector.
There are approximately 5,000 creative businesses in the region, of which 93% employ less than 50 people. 7% of businesses have a turnover of over £1million. 16% of businesses experienced difficulty recruiting (compared with 12% across the UK average), 66% reported applicants lacked skills and experience, 26% said applicants lacked qualifications (compared with 11% across the UK) and 27% said they had skills gaps
Source: Creative & Cultural Skills AACS LMI report 2010 and Creative Blueprint – South West 2009