Creative Industries Economic Estimates – December 2011

This bulletin contains experimental statistics on gross value added (GVA), employment and numbers of businesses within the creative industries.


8 December 2011

Period covered:

2009 (Export of services)
2008 – 2009 (GVA)
2009 – 2010 (Employment)
2009 – 2011 (Businesses)

Geographic coverage:


Next release date:

Autumn 2012


This bulletin provides estimates of the contribution of Creative Industries to the economy, using the latest data available. The majority of this data is taken from National Statistics sources produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Data sources include thAnnual Business Survey (ABS), the Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR) and the Labour Force Survey (LFS). Our definition of the Creative Industries is taken from the 2001 Creative Industries Mapping Document. Further information on this can be found in the technical note.

Experimental Statistics

This is the second year that the Creative Industries have been estimated via the Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC07). Previously this statistical release was given the title of an ‘experimental statistic’ as the methodology was in its inaugural year and was still under development. This methodology is now in its second year and the core methodology has not changed (see page 9 for other changes) so the title ‘experimental statistics’ has been removed.

However, the methodology for estimation used here is regularly reviewed and if you would like to contribute to this, please contact us at

Time Series and Future Developments

This set of Creative Industries Estimates represents a snapshot of the latest figures. Because of the modifications made to this releases estimates, the figures should not be directly compared to previous estimates. Re-calculation of previous years’ estimates have been included in the release for time series analysis.

Full Statistical Release

This contains the headline findings, data tables and figures and a full technical note with definitions, methodology and a full list of the SIC codes used to produce these statistics.

Tables and Headline Findings

A summary of the key findings from these statistics, along with data tables.

*Revision Note:
Updated 22/12/11 to correct the presentation and formatting – all estimates are unchanged from the earlier version.

Previous Release

The UK Statistics Authority

This release is published in accordance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics (2009), as produced by the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA). The UKSA has the overall objective of promoting and safeguarding the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good. It monitors and reports on all official statistics, and promotes good practice in this area.

Pre-release access

The following list of DCMS Ministers and Officials have received privileged early access to this release of Active People survey data. In line with best practice, the list has been kept to a minimum and those given access for briefing purposes had a maximum of 24 hours.

  • Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries – DCMS
  • Paul Conroy, Press – DCMS
  • Harriet Buxton, Policy – DCMS
  • Adrian Brazier, Policy – DCMS
  • Linda Martin, Press – DCMS

The responsible statisticians for this release is Josh Atkinson. For further details about the estimates, or to be added to a distribution list for future updates, please email us at

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