Publishing jobs on the up

The publishing sector in the UK economy is creating jobs, according to the government’s latest statistics.  Employment in the publishing sector was up 7.5% to 223,000 jobs in 2012 compared with 2011.

Publishing is the 4th largest employment sector in the creative industries which is divided into 9 sectors.  The figures are revealed in Creative Industries Economic Estimates published by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport this week.

Publishing 4th out of 9
Publishing 4th out of 9

The government distinguishes between the creative economy and the creative industries.  The creative economy is any economic activity which is creative, in whatever sector it is performed.  The creative industries are the nine sectors devoted to creating content.

1 in 12 jobs in creative economy

In all, 1 in 12 jobs in the UK economy are in the creative economy: a total of 2.55 million jobs.  This rose in 2012 by 6% compared with a general employment rise of only 0.7%.

More exports than GVA

The importance to the UK economy of the creative industries is shown in the amount of exports the industries account for.  Creative industries account for 8% of all exports while the industries generate 5.2% of gross value added in the economy.

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