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Warwick researchers forecast a boost for creative jobs in Hull

Hull InfographicHull’s status as City of Culture 2017 will lead to around 3,000 extra jobs in the creative sector in Yorkshire and the Humber, according to forecasts by researchers from the University of Warwick.

Their analysis shows the growth rate in the number of job opportunities for dancers, actors, authors and artists in the region will surpass that in London by 2022.

The team, from the Warwick Institute for Employment Research (IER), has made the forecast using labour market information (LMI) which is freely available online, basing their calculations on ‘Working Futures’ projections.

Anyone can obtain the data that through the ‘LMI for All’ data portal on the web, a resource that was developed with funding from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

Professor Jenny Bimrose, from the IER, is encouraging people and organisations to take full advantage of the database, which brings together existing national sources of high quality, reliable labour market information.

She said: “The Hull forecast is just one example of the type of information that is available through the ‘LMI for All’ data portal and a widget is currently being developed later this year to support the use of this free tool.

“The databases contain data on historical, current and projected employment numbers, salary data, occupational descriptions and skills, skills gaps and shortages. These are available by region, gender, employment status and age.”

Councillor Steven Bayes, Portfolio Holder for Visitor Destination at Hull City Council, welcomed the research. He said: “Since the announcement of Hull as the UK City of Culture 2017, our city has received a tremendous amount of positive coverage and we welcome the results found by the University of Warwick.

“These findings not only demonstrate our dedication and aspirations towards making Hull a leading power, but also highlight the groundwork we are doing in terms of attracting investment and retaining a professional, vibrant and sustainable workforce throughout a number of different sectors including the artistic and creative industries.”

Notes to editors:

The Warwick Institute for Employment Research was established by the University of Warwick in 1981. The IER is one of Europe's leading centres for labour market research. Its work includes comparative European research on employment as well as that focusing on the UK at national, regional and local level.

Dr Sally-Anne Barnes, from the Institute for Employment Research, is available for interview. Contact Lee Page, Communications Manager, Press and Policy Office, The University of Warwick. Tel: +44 (0)2476 574 255, Mob: +44 (0)7920 531 221. Email:




Lee Page, Communications Manager

Tel: +44 (0)2476 574 255

Mob: +44 (0)7920 531 221



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