Interim Measure - Jobs in the Creative Industries Growth Sector

Note that this is a temporary source for People working in Arts and Culture.  The intention is to explore a new methodology or source for Arts and Culture employment (rather than Creative Industries jobs) working with stakeholders.

Source of Data:

The source of the jobs data is the Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES), which is run by the Office for National Statistics.  Job estimates for the Creative Industries Growth Sector are published in the Scottish Government Growth Sector Statistics Database.

The COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on the BRES response rate, with the response rate falling from 83.6% in 2019 to 72.6% in 2020 – thereby lowering the precision of the jobs estimates.


Jobs here includes employee jobs plus the number of working owners who receive drawings or a share of the profits but are not paid via PAYE.  However, the jobs estimates do not include those that are self-employed operating below the VAT threshold with no employees i.e. the smallest sole proprietors/partnerships.

An employee is defined as anyone aged 16 years or over who is paid directly from the payroll, in return for carrying out a full-time or part-time job or being on a training scheme.

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in employees being placed on furlough. BRES 2020 is a survey of employees on the payroll as at 11 September 2020 - a furlough scheme was in place at that time. Furloughed employees are included in the BRES employee jobs estimates.

The Creative Industries sector here is defined as per the Growth Sector definition, which is built up from a range of Standard Industrial Classification 2007 codes, more information on the specific codes included is available on the Scottish Government website.



Criteria for Change:

The evaluation is based on:

  • any difference within +/- 1,000 jobs suggests that the position is more likely to be maintaining than showing any change.
  • An increase of 1,000 jobs or more suggests the position is improving;
  • a decrease 1,000 jobs or more suggests the position is worsening.

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