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Creative Skillset Employment Census 2009

Creative Skillset's seventh Employment Census of the Creative Media Industries was taken on 1 July 2009.

It measures the size, shape and make up of the workforce, the implication of the recession on the labour pool and, with results from previous years, charts emerging trends. The information is vital for Creative Skillset which uses this industry snapshot to target its work, helping tailor skills and training initiatives and direct investment effectively.

In summary the 2009 results show:

  • A major decline in employment in almost every sector apart from independent production for TV and cinema exhibition.
  • Use of freelancers is down in TV, radio and facilities but up in interactive media and computer games.
  • Representation of women is down in every sector. This was also noted by The Guardian and Women in Film and TV for example.
  • In addition representation of people from a BAME background is down in six sectors and overall across all sectors of the industry in scope.
  • These phenomena are of great concern to Creative Skillset, representing a significant skills drain and loss of talent.

The full Census report and tables of data are available to download here:

Adobe Acrobat DocumentEmployment Census 2009 Report

Microsoft Excel Document2009 Census Data, Occupational Group by Region

Microsoft Excel Document2009 Census Data, Occupational Group by Sector

Microsoft Excel Document2009 Census Data, Occupational Roles by Sector

Microsoft Excel Document2009 Census Data, Region by Sector

Microsoft Excel Document2009 Census Data, Sector by Region

The scope of the census encompassed all creative media apart from film production freelancers and photo imaging and publishing which are measured using bespoke methodologies.

Data cut by nation and region should be treated with caution due to small sample sizes in some cases.

Complete the 2012 census.

For further information contact Creative Skillset's Research and Evaluation Team.

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