The report, The Creative Industries: Focus on Employment, published on June 29, found that over the last 3 years, employment within the creative industries has grown at 5 times the rate of the wider UK economy.

Employment within the sector has increased by more than 10% since 2011. Creative Industries now account for 1 in 18 (5.6%) of all jobs in the UK. One in every ten jobs held by graduates in the UK was in the creative industries.

Between 2011 and 2013, within the creative industries, there were increases in jobs of greater than 20% in the East of England (27.1%), the East Midlands (25.0%), the West Midlands (20.6%) and the Yorkshire and Humber (20.1%).

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said: "The UK’s Creative Industries are a huge success story and powerful force in driving economic growth. These figures demonstrate the sector is punching well above its weight and Government is committed to ensuring the right conditions are in place to allow the sector to continue to flourish."

Caroline Norbury, CEO of Creative England, said: "The UK is a true powerhouse of creativity and these figures are a testament to that. We know that there is an enormous pool of talented individuals and businesses that are based outside of the M25, so it is extremely encouraging to see a significant increase in employment in the regions and a fairer spread of opportunities for people in the creative industries."

(VoR)